Glazing Paintings and a Garden Visit

Artist, Siobhan Bedford, working in her studio
Payne's grey

Yesterday, I squeezed every last bit of paint out of this tube of Payne’s grey for glazing this circle filled painting. I love this color because it’s just the right sort of bluish grey that doesn’t make colors drab. It reminds me of the way the light changes when dark clouds roll across the sky on a brilliant sunny day. Somehow the bluish shadows make all the colors more intense. I owe a big thank you to the English painter, William Payne for creating it in the 1800’s. “Thanks Willy! You rock!”

Some color pigments have really interesting histories, like how Cadmium was used in Legos and Lapis Lazuli was more expensive than gold. Harvard keeps a library of fascinating pigments including one made from mummies!

This might explain why artists have the reputation of being a little odd. For the record no mummies have been harmed in the making of any of my paintings;)

Glazing always leaves my studio in chaos. I tend to lean paintings anywhere I can, including all over the floor.

Lucky for me it’s Spring and I’ve been able to get to work in my garden while the paintings are drying. Every day there are more bits of green poking out along the mulch paths and if you look carefully little flowers are whispering that winter is over.

Even the little spider, that looks almost cute only because she is still tiny, is checking things out…spider’s scare me.

Spring in the garden always makes me feel like all things are possible. That what has gone away…always comes back in it’s own way.

Art Studio
Early Spring Garden

I so hope you can come see my studio and garden as part of the Chester County Open Studio Tour May 21 and May 22. Till then check out some garden snaps and enjoy spring.


“Every day I see or hear something that more or less

kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle

in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen,

to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over

in joy, and acclamation.”

– Mary Oliver

Daffodil Flower
Blueberry Bud
Little Spider
Service Berry Bloom

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  • I also love Payne’s gray for exactly the same reason. Its such a lovely and alive color. You have a lovely garden. Mine is also waking up. What do you mean by glazing? Are you varnishing your paintings? It seems like something else if you are using Paynes gray. It looks like you are adding another layer of media with a small amount of pigment? Good luck with it and your garden!

    • Siobhan says:

      Thank you Krislyn! I call it glazing when I add transparent layers of color mixed with sansodor. As the painting progresses I’ll sometimes add small amounts of stand oil. Happy gardening and painting to you too:)

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