The fun of veiling

Daily painting


Dear reader,


Today another study on A3 paper, with only two colors.


I realized today the power of veiling again – which is covering up parts of the painting, but in a way that the underlayer shines through. I did the veiling with titanium white. What I like about veiling is that it creates depth. Because there are more layers –behind the first one– that are only partly visible you experience that there is something else in the background. The picture becomes less ‘flat’.

Veiling also creates a sense of mystery in a painting.You can’t see everything, so your imagination has space to wonder.

At last, I made some of the parts opaque again. That creates a sense of rest in the painting. It is not ‘busy’ everywhere.




Simone Nijboer, Dutch abstract artist, online art teacher, daily painter, creativity accelerator


  1. Sheila Delgado

    I love the close up, makes me think of animal hide. There is terrific depth in this, just lovely Simone :)

    • Simone Nijboer

      Thanks so much, I like your association of animal hide! Such an ancient imagery.

  2. Beth Bordelon

    Veiling—such a great concept to be aware of. Thanks for describing it!

    • Simone Nijboer

      Thanks, Beth! I love it too, and I realize more and more how important it is in my art-making.

  3. Dotty Seiter

    Simone, your description of process here is so inviting and helpful. And, I love the outcome! The combination of transparency and opacity is dynamic.

    • Simone Nijboer

      Thanks, Dotty! I’m glad it is helpful. I love indeed this contrast between the obvious and the hidden too very much!


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