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.

7 comments:

  1. At first glance I thought this was oil! another beautiful piece Barbara. Love the process and technique on this.
    Aloha Clint

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  2. Love your brushwork and optical blending of color. Looks like you are finding your groove with your new medium!

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I'm starting to understand the medium.

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