Wet on Wet Painting in Oil or Acrylic
About Painting In Oil and Acrylic
It does not mean just wet over wet under coat but wet over any layer of wet paint.
You might paint a sky; then while it is still wet, paint a tree over that sky.
Blending colors is easy with this wet on wet technique, you place one color onto your canvas, then add other colors which will be mixed or ‘blended’ with the brush or knife to the desired tone, this is a very handy method of blending the sky from dark above to pale in the distance or the water from light to dark.(short video) What is wet on wet painting?
Wet-on-wet means you simply paint over wet paint.
I call my style of painting ‘Speed Painting’ but it is simply a wet on wet, loose method of painting which I learned to use while demonstrating in shopping centers and festivals around Australia. I needed to paint fast to hold the attention of the audience.
If I dropped my brush or stopped to squeeze paint from a tube, half my audience would go back to their shopping but if I was skillful and could hold the crowd for a complete painting, then often I could sell or auction that painting before it dried. (One day I must show you how to package a wet painting).
I believe many old masters used the wet on wet techniques, see Claud Monet.
As opposed to wet on wet.
The ‘traditional’ method of painting is still taught by some art teachers and institutions. This usually involves sketching the subject then painting in the different items in accordance with their tone, that being the darkest tones first. (How boring) Often the sky would be added last and each color, and tone of that color, would be mixed on the palette. (So you build your painting from darks to lights).
This also involved waiting for each color to dry before adding the next. A very slow process when using oils.