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Lesson Plans

Maxfield Parrish techniques

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 19:51:23 -0500

Parrish generally painted in a glaze technique. After transferring
his drawing to the panel and varnishing, he would lay down a very
thin oil glaze of the blue component of the painting. The blue
layer was allowed to dry and then sealed with varnish. After the
varnish dried it was lightly sanded and then the next glaze layer
would be painted (red, I think) and the varnishing process
repeated. Then the final layer would be added followed by a few
more coats of varnish. By this process, Parrish would achieve what
was essentially a printers color separation, with the layers
properly registered. The layers of varnish under and over the
glazed layers allowed light to penetrate to the "bottom" of the
painting and then bounce back up through the glazed layers, giving
the entire painting an incredible "backlit" look. Anyone who's seen
one of his originals can attest to that.
john barrick

So I asked John to explain it since he is much better than I at this. Hope all was understood. Of course to do a lesson would not mean having to accomplish the same complex subject but to use a technique similar and experimenting with it. One could do studies or even small sky scenes, if that is what you were trying to do. Sky/clouds and the changes to night sky. Also this time of year you may be able to find calendars from '98. We have some Parrish ones and I'm going to disassemble to keep for prints soon. So I said, " Guess he went blind or something"( referring to his technique), John's answer, " He lived to be 96 and painted till 94". Sandra Barrick astroboy

>Do you have any lesson plans with his sky technque? I am going to start a >unit on landscapes after Thanksgiving. >Thanks Robin