Thursday, January 21, 2016

Acrylic fun

My morning hours in the Studio today with acrylic were actually fun and my opinion about the medium is changing. As I continued work on the old house with fire hydrant, I am becoming familiar with the characteristics of this medium:

1. DRIES FAST. Because it dries so quickly (one of my previous complaints), I can rest my hand anywhere on the work to address small details without messing up the paint.

2. MUDLESS. I learned a fresh stroke of paint doesn't mix with preceding strokes and layers creating dreaded "mud." If a color is muddy, it is because I mixed it that way on the palette.

3. DRIES FLAT. I'm using GLOSS medium with the acrylic paint but it still dries looking flat so I am experimenting with applying small dabs of various values and hues next to each other to build up some depth. Also, I hope the final varnish will help.

House with Fire Hydrant, acrylic, 18 x 18 inches, progress continuing.