Lesson 22 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’

Artist & Author Paul Taggart continues to move through the painting in sections, first working up the impasto layer, then, once that is dry, working over it with glazes. You now join Paul as he prepares to work through the glazes on the previously laid impasto layer on the sea and the pebbled beach of the middle distance, as well as the slipway.

First however, he returns to a section directly beneath the front face of the distant cliff, low wall of rocks beneath that and the furthest most point of the slipway; where he feels that there is not enough distinction between the three, giving the appearance that all of these elements are as one. To increase depth and aerial perspective in this instance requires the use of ‘tints’ – basically glazes made up of colour mixes to which white is added.

This is an especially useful section within this episode, for you not only get to see how tints function, but just as importantly how to apply them and work them into the painted areas. Easy when you know how, but not so when you don’t and this is where you get to appreciate just how useful Paul’s running commentary is; as he explains precisely how to manipulate a tint through some simple hints and tips, whilst demonstrating the technique.

Watch as the stony shoreline becomes imbued with what appears to be a multitude of subtle colours, thanks to the interaction of the underpainting and underlying impasto layer with the simplest of glazes. When you take into consideration that in this study, Paul is not working through many layers of glazes, it will become apparent to you just what can be achieved were you to experiment with even more glaze layers.

Having worked through these three main areas of glazes; Paul then returns to his impasto colour mixes, to continue with the impasto layer for the remainder of the painting, finishing this episode on the sandy beach. The remainder of the impasto layer on this study being continued in Lesson 23.

Once again, Artist & Author Paul Taggart purposefully goes against the normal procedure of working through the defined layers; so that you can follow-along at a gentle pace and thereby gain a better understanding of the role of impasto and its influence on subsequent glazes. The usual method of working through this traditional technique being to work in layers as follows:-

Layer 1 – drawing out : blocking-in with thin underpainting : re-drawing to establish some detail
Layer 2 – impasto to establish structural and visual texture (this layer can also comprise a number of layers)
Layer 3 – glazing (which can comprise of as many glazing layers as you wish to introduce)

To learn more about working with thick/impasto paint mixes, please refer to the box-set ‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – which is the companion set for this Series 4; in which Paul is breaking down the layers into detailed guides that will help you to understand the nature of each layer –

In this series Paul sets out to demystify the whole experience of working with glazes; so that you can see glaze mixes in their raw form, how they look on the surface and how they interact with each other and underlying textures and colours. We’re trying something really different to do this, something we hope will take the apprehension out of this most beautiful of techniques; so why not let Paul gently guide you through the exciting ‘art of glazing’ – why not let this be THE BEGINNING OF YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY into the world of GLAZING and what a journey it will turn out to be.

The landscape subject matter is identical across the four sets in this series, so that you can properly assess and compare how [1] glazing mixes interact with each other, [2] how they do so with tonal underpaintingand [3] how they do so with underlying colours and texture – finishing off with [4] the fourth tutorial set, in which you will be combining these various aspects.

We supply free-to-download reference photographs, should you wish to work-along with Paul – you can also work-along on a subject of your own choosing, it is entirely up to you – available from artworkshopwithpaul on Flickr –


‘[Series 4] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ –

‘Painting Equipment Focus for Oils with Paul Taggart’ –
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ –
‘[Series 1] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ –
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ –
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ –

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