Allison Richter Wildlife Studio
Influences in my life and artCreating a tone for an image

Creating a tone for an image

Many times when I paint, I want my pieces to feel more cohesive. My technique that I like to use to create an overall tone is I mix together a thin glaze of color that I would like to apply to my painting in appropriate areas.

Sometimes I will leave the glaze as is, others depending on the effect I am looking for, I will wipe the glaze back off. The removal if the glaze leaves a very thin layer of color that embeds itself in the paint pigments that are already on the canvas. The under colors will take on the tone or color that I applied to that area while still maintaining their own brilliance.

An important note, don’t over do it. This technique can also leave your painting a bit flat if you leave too much glaze on or apply this tone in too many places.

Here is an example of my glaze tone process in the piece “I See You – Spoonbill with Crab”. Notice that I still keep painting even after the glaze has been applied. The glaze should be used to enhance a piece, not to smother.

Good luck too all you painters out there. I would love to see examples of paintings you have used color glaze to tone. Be sure to add comments with links to your work.

"I See You - Spoonbill with Crab"  Progress 1

"I See You - Spoonbill with Crab"  Progress 2

“I See You – Spoonbill with Crab” Progress 2

"I See You - Spoonbill with Crab"  Progress 3

“I See You – Spoonbill with Crab” Progress 3

Allison Richter – a national wildlife artist