Creating Realistic Effects In Your Painting With Spattering

Creating Realistic Effects In Your Painting With Spattering - student project

I first did Spattering under the guidance of Master Realist painter Rudy de Reyna in the early 80's. His encouragement led me forward into an exploration of techniques that have spanned over 30 years. spattering is one of the most FUN ways to create texture and natural effects.

You need to know how to mask the painting and how to thin the paint. Then you need to know if you want a fine spatter or a heavy spatter. Light paint, dark paint, warm paint, cool paint, are all a matter of choice.

Below is from the archive 1979-80 my first spatter project done with opaque watercolor. I traded for dental work. Wished I had sold the tooth and kept the painting!

Creating Realistic Effects In Your Painting With Spattering - image 1 - student project

Below is a close up of a work in progress. I always bring the spatter to the very edge and then start glazing veils of white and adding strategic brush strokes to get the nature of the object to my liking. Is it finished? Not until it is abandoned for something else.

Creating Realistic Effects In Your Painting With Spattering - image 2 - student project

Snow is part of our life in Canada. We love it and we also get tired of it bt February. I am loving it right now and here is my offering for "My Country Is Winter" 

Creating Realistic Effects In Your Painting With Spattering - image 3 - student project

Ron Mulvey✏️
Artist / Art Teacher
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