Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
OK, I have used a simple B pencil to draw-sketch the composition onto the board and then sealed it with a spray fixative so the graphite does not bleed into the paint when I start painting. Next issue is choosing a palette....I am working for a high value study over all to force myself out of that mid range…Continue
One of the most difficult aspects of painting a landscape is reducing the massive amount of information hitting my eyes to a simple format that will communicate the thought that I want to discuss. We know that painting is a form of communication, a visual dialog from between the artist and the viewer. In…Continue
Acrylic paint films have properties completely unlike any other medium, and these properties have to be respected in order to produce a quality product. They also vary considerably between manufacturers; the actual polymers may not be "acrylics" per se, but polyurethanes, vinyl acetates, and/or acrylic/styrene co-polymers either singly or in mixtures with actual acrylic polymers. The chemistry and film properties vary accordingly, so one brand may not react the same as another.
Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments
As noted in some of my other comments, a number of my earlier acrylic works were basically destroyed by SID (Substrate Induced Discoloration). This results from the water in the applied paint dissolving acids or impurities in the painting support and transferring these chemicals to the paint film as it dries. The end product can be nasty stains that are impossible to remove. I also noted that without a final sealer, the acrylic film remains somewhat "tacky" and any surface dust or dirt can…Continue
Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Don't know about the rest of you, but I find it harder to produce a decent line drawing from a photo than from life. Some shapes, like boat hulls, can be a real pain trying to figure out the perspective. I found a quick way to produce a line "drawing" from a photo using Photoshop. My software is nearly 10 years old, and apparently this works many versions, so you do not need the latest and greatest.
Just remember to save the line image with a new or modified file name so you do not…Continue
Just so you all know. Any photos that I post on this website are free for all to use. No worries. That's why I post them. So that if you get stuck for new material, you can access my page and get some new ideas. Free.
Several individuals have noted that acrylics seem to be absorbed by the surface of the substrate, whether canvas, faux canvas, or paper. Gesso surfaces are porous by nature, and the water does sometimes seem to prefer the gesso to the paint! There is, however, a very easy fix that works on all substrates, and chance are you already have some in your painting area.
The magic potion is matte medium. Give the painting surface a complete coat of matte medium and then let it dry overnight…Continue
Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments
Hi Karen. I want to thank you for your input on this painting. I added, lengthened and thickened the branch's. Running the branch's off the edge made a big difference. I am a lot happier with it now and hope you think it looks better also.…Continue
Not sure where you go to find blogs (at least I have not seen any on this site yet...could have missed them) So I thought I would start one on my page and post my acrylic work in progress of Karen's Summer Pond lesson.The colour of the painting, is much nicer than the photo...long way to go on this...I am slow at painting so will probably take me a few days to complete - also always trying to fit painting time into my schedule...even though I am retired, not enough hours in the day…Continue
I have been away from my easel for probably 10 days at this point, because of the move to Portland. It is amazing how much my painting keeps my centered. I am a sad person by nature. It's just what I was born with, my default emotion. When I paint, that cloud lifts. I feel lighter and a smile comes easily to me. I have only been painting a little over 10 years now, but I had almost forgotten what a huge difference it makes in my life. I get caught up in entering competitions, selling…Continue
Added by Karen Ilari on April 8, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments
Hi everyone. I wanted to stop a minute in all the chaos right now to let you know why I'm behind in getting the April Class video up! I'm moving! My husband's job is taking us to Portland, Oregon. It's about 160 miles from where we are now. He's already up there working, so that means I'm packing up the house. And downsizing! We are having a big garage sale this weekend in an attempt to weed out some stuff. Which is hardest on my husband with his 500 square foot shop and 2 car garage that…Continue