Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
26th Jan 2017
I am taking a break from painting for a few months as I have some sewing to do and also I need to get fit again after a year of inactivity, so I am taking up yoga. I had a spa day with a friend and had a 55minute massage, the young lady said to me "you are very knotty" I could feel them as she did her magic, it was a little painful but bearable. My body tingled and I had less pain in my legs that night and the next morning The stiffness had eased in my body. So I have to…
Thank you for the nice comments.
I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a supplier where I could buy 6mm wide masking tape and made 2cm square for each colour swatch, the cards are mounted using Velcro to a MDF board fitted on casters. It has been a big project but I think well worth it.Continue
Tues 4 Oct
I had a bad fall last week.
I am unable to paint for the next six weeks I have broke a bone in my right elbow, I am right handed. I will be having a go at drawing with my oil pastels with my left hand and just doodling a bit.
Hi everyone. I have been in contact with John Redfern. He is doing well and very busy with his job which limits his time for artist sites. He misses everyone and says you are all a greatly talented group of not only artists but super individuals.
Hi to all,
I just watched this nice video on how to see things or scene we want to paint. This is NOT a methodology course but an experience from a very good painter Jim McVicker. Worth to watch. Enjoy!
here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Vpgg-Pa4p0
Have a great day!
I have the feeling that I am choosing the wrong things for me to paint. I am going to be more selective. and I think Michel has the right idea. get outside and train my painters eyes, to really see the light, dark, and real color of things! I am making a plan!
The main problem we seem to have with light is figuring out the quality of the source and how that affects everything else. The reason this is such a problem is because we do not see things as they are; we see what we have been conditioned to see. What colour is a banana? Or grass? Or an asphalt roadway? Conditioning gives us answers of yellow, green, and black, respectfully. In reality, these answers are often wrong.
CFL and traditional fluorescent tubes have a notable green…Continue
17 Aug 2016
At the moment I am only painting with water colours I can do these sitting down, for acrylics I like to stand and at the moment I am not allowed to stand for long. I am looking forward to recovering fully after my major op so that I can paint in acrylics again. I have found that painting with water colours on canvas is very interesting the way it performs and blends and if I put too much on I quickly dab it of before it dries. I can also get more layers than I could on…Continue
This also came up in Paul's post and I don't recall doing an update. In early 2015 The jury was still out regards the future availability of cadmium based pigments. There was a formal proposal in Europe that would have completely banned cadmiums due to health and environmental concerns.
Later in the year the proposal was rejected, partially based upon submissions from artists, professional organizations, and manufacturers. Had it been passed, these pigments would likely have…Continue
Once upon a time, when acrylics were relatively new to artists, we had problems mixing our colours. Not only was there this strange colour shift as the paint dried, but our mixes got muddy (as in Yuk!) very quickly.
Reference to this can be found in many books and videos, and is often repeated by those of us who started out in oils and never had problems before. So what gives?
Some sources suggest that limiting the number of pigments that are present in a given mixture will…Continue
I am going to do the Lavender Fileds video next and see how I get on with that.
I read Paulines post about doing the color charts. I thought it a great idea. I did three of mine today. then I finished a painting, that has been half done for a month. my new color charts made it seem easier somehow. thanks :) Karen Ilari, this is a wonderful site. you are a great teacher and you have collected a lot of amazing, creative, and kind folks here. I feel at home, welcome, and encouraged. I loved the challenge! it made me think and work at painting every day. I looked at the…Continue
Just had to share this, oh I am so hyped....I just sold my first piece of artwork!
"A Place To Rest" my Ink and Watercolour sketch has been sold and now resides in sunny California. Was excited enough about selling my art and then double excited that it was going to another country, albeit only over the border from Canada, but far from home.
I really want to thank Karen and all my wonderful art friends for your continuous support....Oh I think it's time for a…Continue
2nd March 2016:
29th Feb PM: I did my first colour chart today it took me 1.5hrs (I am a beginner with acrylics)
1st March PM: I did my second colour chart today same time as yesterday lol.…Continue
Ever have trouble knowing what to look for in a reference photo?
Here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.
Added by Karen Ilari on February 21, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments
I like to use acrylic mediums in my acrylic and mixed media paintings, and I have 10 different mediums (pastes and gels) that I use as grounds within my paintings. But unfortunately I do not always remember what works best with them and sometimes they just get lost in a painting because they will not hold the media I put on them. So today I decided to…
So one of the things we deal with when painting with acrylics is that they dry darker then they seem when they are wet.
How many times have you walked away from a canvas thinking your highlights are just right, your value…
Received a really nice surprise today....my Frenzy Abstract acrylic painting was featured in the Art Tutor Newsletter December issue. (based in Liverpool).
Each issue includes paintings done by 8 different members. One of the members had sent me a congratulations notification for being chosen as one of those members for the December issue....checked my mail and yup there it was.
Not only am I thrilled they picked one of my paintings, but I am even more excited that they chose…Continue
I've been thinking a lot about the role of creativity in our lives, and why I paint and teach painting.
It feels more important to me that anything I have done. And yet, we are just making pretty pictures, right?