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on: August 19, 2013, 07:00:29 PM
When you are painting wet-in-wet, you're supposed to use more medium to glide the paint over the top of the thicker paint below so it won't mix and drag into it.
It would seem to me ideally that if you let the painting dry, or even semi-dry, this would accomplish it even better.
On the other hand, the purpose of wet-in-wet is to ONE: get the painting done as in plain air ;D ;D (plein air?)
and TWO: to get a smooth blend of two color/values
I personally think you can get good blends without wet in wet also especially in areas that have not hard edges.
I'm doing a sky as you probably know and i intend to adjust it later when dry. I could have added more medium and let it glide over the thicker underpaint, but IDEALLY let it dry and adjust it.
Just shows that so called BLENDING doesn't necessarily have to be done while everything is wet.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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