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The Painting Lesson

by Linda Carson

big black pig studio
98 King St. N., Waterloo Ontario Canada
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Scumbling

Scumbling is painting thin layers of opaque light colour over dark colours, which gives a broken colour effect. Scumbling is rather like glazing, but with light colours over dark. The colours mix optically rather than on the palette, and the result is shimmery, opalescent. Think of the pearly water surrounding Monet's water lilies.

Planet; acrylic on hardboard;
6 inches X 6 inches; Carson 2002

For example: The planet is shimmery and glowing because I've drybrushed whites and yellows over it and around its edges. That's scumbling.

I've also heard painters use the word "scumbling" informally to describe pushing about the gummy paint that's started to set (reworking the "scum" on the surface, I suppose).

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Art & Text (C) Linda Carson 2002

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