Have you ever been dissatisfied by a painting you’ve been working on because it seems to be lacking depth; everything appears to be on the same plane and has the same intensity? Here are some techniques that will help you produce the appearance of depth while also creating a more dynamic painting:
1) Work with glazing. You can achieve a rich quality in your painting by starting with a background that has a neutral color wash (this can be warm like burnt sienna or cool like raw umber). Then shapes and forms can emerge from there already having a nice mid-tone established. This works better than trying to start your painting on an all white background.
2) Work the classical way. Build your painting up from dark to light saving the highlights for last. In addition to creating depth this will help you add dimension to your forms.
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