The quality of paint ranges from opaque to translucent. This week I’ve been paying attention to when it’s appropriate to utilize each of these different qualities. I found myself wanting to use transparent paints in the background for the brilliance of their hue, but using transparent paint in the negative space of a painting creates too many logistical issues.
I’ve found it difficult to add opacity to transparent paint without greatly sacrificing saturation of color. To move beyond this dilemma, I believe I must learn about strategies for layering paint so that my choice of color is not limited by the factor of translucence.
Translucent: allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent.
Opacity: the condition of lacking transparency or translucence.