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  • verb Present participle of overpaint.


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  • You are well known for painting and overpainting over a long period before something is completed, but there seems a greater simplicity in the new work.

    Howard Hodgkin: 'I do lose heart, I always have' 2010

  • Black ironwork, rusty in spots, with wooden slats to sit on, uneven from years of sloppy overpainting.

    Edge Jeffery Deaver 2010

  • They resemble screenprints, but actually each color is hand-painted separately with no overpainting at all.

    Boing Boing 2008

  • He is normally the scourge of art restoration projects, particularly attempts to strip old varnish, believing that precious original detail added by the artists, in overpainting or coloured glazes, is usually lost in the process.

    Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks restored to original purity 2010

  • Tuesday night I slept again on the floor in the sleeping bag and dreamed of colours, and early on Wednesday, as soon as it was light, began overpainting flesh onto the blue bones, working from light areas to dark, giving her strength and brain but not a peach-skin luminous beauty.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff Josh Spilker 2010

  • The grey overpainting brings the viewer to the "now" which glimmers with fl ecks of the colorful past shown in the underpainting.

    Art from Weaving Women's Words: Baltimore Stories 2010

  • Some overpainting was removed, in particular, extra hair.

    Cracking the Shakespeare Code - The Lede Blog - 2009

  • Cobbe, states that the overpainting was most likely shortly after it was originally painted as one of the several copies from the early 17th C also has the overpainted hair.

    Cracking the Shakespeare Code - The Lede Blog - 2009

  • I'm not championing Sargent's direct painting method over any other approach; say, a more procedural technique like developing a refined underdrawing, then underpainting in dead color, then overpainting and glazing -- the sort of method you are known to use -- I'm just pointing out a dividing line exists between the two different ways to paint.

    Sargent’s Painting Notes James Gurney 2009

  • There is at least one factual inaccuracy in this article: Lily Delissa Joseph did not destroy the magnificent group family portrait of the Solomons, "A Jewish Family", although she had wrecked it with overpainting.

    Artists in Britain: 1700-1940. 2009


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