In LESSON 18 Artist & Author Paul Taggart now moves on to Layer 2 for this final study, for which you will be bringing together everything learnt in the previous three versions. You will be working in the traditional oil painting process of painting from dark-to-light and using paint mixes in three distinct layers.
This is the Impasto layer, for which you can work a number of layers working through from dark values to lights; Paul is restricting himself to no more than three for the purposes of this study. Because the impasto Layer 2 needs to dry before applying glazes, this will speed up the process. Furthermore Paul is using underpainting white in his mixes, as this also speeds up drying time, although it doesn’t produce the most textured of impasto mixes; normally he would work with Titanium White (or for those who prefer, Flake White).
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 – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils3
Normally, you would be working through the painting from the top of the surface down, in other words from the back of the composition to the front, to help you achieve aerial perspective and overlay elements as you work into the foreground. In this instance, Paul goes through this study in blocks, to ensure he passes on to you the thought process that goes into structuring the impasto layer to receive future glazes. First to get Paul’s attention is the sky and the clouds, followed by the lighthouse and the grassy covering of the peninsular on which it stands.
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)
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.
As with all of Paul’s tutorials – this lesson is filmed in real-time – no editing, no speed-painting, no skipping stages. Everything is shared with you; nothing is left out of either Paul’s demonstration, or his running commentary.
The landscape subject matter is identical across the four sets in this series, so that you can properly assess and compare how  glazing mixes interact with each other,  how they do so with tonal underpaintingand  how they do so with underlying colours and texture – finishing off with  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 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/
‘[Series 4] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques04
‘Painting Equipment Focus for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoilequipment
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils1
‘[Series 1] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques01
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils2
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques02
‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils3
‘[Series 3] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques03
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1
PLUS various other WORKSHOPS, Out and About with Paul box-sets, Portraits and Figures, Masterclasses – simply use the Search button on the VOD page within artworkshopwithpaul – type in Oils and all will be revealed.