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Sunday Painting in June – Week Two

July 21, 2014

Learning to Paint in Oils – Part 3

This post is a little later than expected, but here are the results of my last painting class with notes! My teacher showed me how to mix the glazes at each stage as I am still learning how to mix colours. When she realised I was taking photos so I wouldn’t forget the steps, she very kindly offered to lay out the tubes next to the palette for each photo!


Still Life

Step 1:

Make a dark blue glaze to layer over the top of my painting from the week before.


Step 2:

Paint over shadowed areas in painting with the blue glaze for more depth, the recess behind the curtains, also cast shadows.



Step 3:

Mix a yellow coloured glaze to paint over the ceramic bottle.



Step 4:

Mix vivid green and red glazes for the apple. It only took a tiny amount of blue added to the yellow to make a nice bright green.




Step 5:

Create a pinky glaze for the material in front of the objects, and also for the curtains.


The Finished Painting


Finishing the Pear:

I had some extra time at the end of the class so I quickly added colour to the little pear painting I started the week before.


  • Transparent colours will always look darker in the tube.
  • If you mix two transparent colours together they will always produce a darker colour – as a glaze.
  • If you make a glaze with a non-transparent colour, it is called a scumble. Scumble glazes will always be cloudy and not truly transparent.
  • Cheap imitation cadmium is good for glazing.

Materials Used