Impasto—A technique to thickened the texture of your painting

Let me begin this article by explaining what impasto means. Well, impasto is a term used to describe a thickly textured paint, which almost three-dimensional in form.

With this technique, one often leaves a noticeable brush strokes in the finished painting. Most of the time, those brush strokes are more important that the subject of the painting itself.

Perhaps we could say that impasto is a type of sculpture for painters on their canvass.

For an instance, you see a panting but not that sure if whether the artist has used impasto technique what I suggest you to do is to look at the painting from side and check for globs of paint sticking out from the canvas. If you saw them, then that is impasto.

Looking at the front, impasto paint is dyed by whatever natural light is in the room and with heavy impasto you’ll also be able to see shadows underneath the paint.

Not like wet-on-wet blending techniques, this method really makes a physical statement that is the reason why you’ll find it most often in expressive, abstract art works.

Juts to let you know, impasto has been around for a lone time and wasn’t until Van Gogh came along that impasto was used for its dramatic qualities. Even before Van Gogh, most artists would make layers of paint to add a realistic effect to their abstract art paintings and other paintings that makes their objects more three-dimensional in looks.

But the again, Van Gogh was out of the ordinary. He used impasto to give a dramatic effect to his brilliant colors, movement, and feelings to his landscapes.

You might want to check out the details of his art piece Wheat Field with Cypresses. Actually, he could have painted it with the precise same colors without using impasto but what do you think would have happened? There would have been no movement, no feelings in his art work. In short, there would have been no Van Gogh.

If you are an artist and wanted to involve yourself in this technique, impasto is not that complicated to do.

Typically, it involves loading up your brush or painter’s knife with more paint than you’d normally need. Next, rather than ‘dying’ or ‘scrubbing’ the canvas with color, just let the paint squish onto the canvas and sit there.

Of course, you don’t want to swindle it with any one spot too much, or else you’ll lose that three dimensional quality by overworking the paint.

I recommend you examine the details of Lucian Freud’s painting. He created a rough, scumbled-on texture by kind of scraping color onto the canvas. Every place his brush passes by adds a more thickness onto the dried paint.

Impasto is a simple technique to give an average painting a bog boost, so I suggest you give this thing a try and challenge yourself. You can try impasto to your contemporary paintings. For the beginners you might want to visit abstract art gallery to study how famous artist of impasto did their artwork.

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