Friday, January 2, 2015


Leap to Faith, acrylic, 6 x 6 inches
Well, I have to say I am pretty excited about acrylics! If you have been following this blog, you know that this little painting began as a Notan done with regular black acrylic paint (not open or interactive) on a white Ampersand Gessobord panel. It has been hanging around my studio for about a year.

I began work on it a few days ago using Atelier INTERACTIVE acrylics on top of the black and white foundation. What fun! I have been able to glaze, wipe off, start again, poke, prod, lift and rub with a cloth to create a little painting of simple shapes and masses and subtle color. I don't know why I have avoided acrylic paint for so long. Well, yes I do was because I want soft edges and I didn't know it was possible to get them with acrylics. The color on this little painting was built in many layers creating nuances of hues and luminosity. I don't think the photo does it justice.

I have been packing up my studio for our spring move and I'm surprised how many acrylic paints I have. After I work with the interactive type for a while and gain more faith in my ability with this new medium, I plan to move on to the regular acrylics simply because I have them. I am leaping TO faith - not scary because I'm painting just for myself without the pressure of shows or gallery commitments.


  1. This is beautiful, Barbara! I'm just drooling here as I look at the depth of the water with the myriad of colors in the ripples and reflections of the sky. The background area likewise is aglow with soft yet strong color. The shrubbery and foliage, too, has just enough color to identify it as such and soften the notan underpainting. Can't wait to see more!

  2. Thank you Carol. I'm not sure the photo does it justice but it does have an interesting depth due to the layers. Thanks so much for your comment. Happy painting in 2015 to you!