The creation of a painting by addition and subtraction of paint is a process that I like very much and the mixture of oil paint, alkyd gel medium and cold wax is particularly well suited to this approach.

Even if a thin layer of this mixture dries quickly compared to the oil paint only, I still have about 24 hours before it is dry to the touch. Beyond this period, it is always possible to add a few drops of a mild solvent to manipulate the paint layer.

Overview of the two paintings shown below. August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Overview of the two paintings shown below.
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The artworks illustrating this blog post were made with this addition and subtraction painting technique. A few paint layers were reworked with drops of solvent when the paint was dried. The surface is then wiped and scraped.

Slowly building layers and texture by adding painting to the surface. August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Slowly building layers and texture by adding painting to the surface.
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Another layer of oil paint and painting mediums. August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Another layer of oil paint and painting mediums.
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

It allows creating texture effects, to show the underlying colors and even rebuild part of the painting. The thing to remember though is that this technique tends to make blurred shape’s outline and the colors get easily muddy if we are not careful.

“Le temps des citrouilles” (Pumpkins Time)

Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar. Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm).

"Le temps des citrouilles" (Pumpkins Time). Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar. Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande

“Le temps des citrouilles” (Pumpkins Time).
Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar.
Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande

Close-ups from the previous painting.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Le temps des citrouilles" (Pumpkins Time). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Le temps des citrouilles” (Pumpkins Time).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Le temps des citrouilles" (Pumpkins Time). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Le temps des citrouilles” (Pumpkins Time).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Le temps des citrouilles" (Pumpkins Time). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Le temps des citrouilles” (Pumpkins Time).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

In the case of the illustrated paintings, the overlapping of complementary colors could have been catastrophic, but I like the result. The blue veiling the bottom part of the painting “Autumn Pleasures” reveals the underlying layers while leaving their shine through.

“Plaisirs d’automne” (Autumn Delights)

Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar. Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm).

"Plaisirs d'automne" (Autumn Delights). Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar. Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande

“Plaisirs d’automne” (Autumn Delights).
Oil paint, cold wax, alkyd medium on matte Dura-Lar.
Size : 9X12 in (22,86 x 30,48 cm).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande

Close-ups from the previous painting.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Plaisirs d'automne" (Autumn Delights). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Plaisirs d’automne” (Autumn Delights).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Plaisirs d'automne" (Autumn Delights). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Plaisirs d’automne” (Autumn Delights).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar. "Plaisirs d'automne" (Autumn Delights). August 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the previous oil paint on matte Dura-Lar.
“Plaisirs d’automne” (Autumn Delights).
August 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Do you also use the addition and subtraction technique in your paintings? Feel free to leave me a comment in the space below.

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