Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16″
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On Mothers Day Robin brought me a lovely bouquet which I started painting that afternoon. The picture below is as far as I got that day. I was liking how loose, free and sketchy it started out:
Then it was back to the office for the week. By the time I returned to painting, the flowers had moved and changed. I kept trying to work from the flowers, but once they got stinky I gave up and used a photo reference I’d taken, but it was from a slightly different point of view:
My main goal in doing this painting was learn more about working with acrylics and to try to find a way to make them work and blend more like oils. I’ve been told that you can do everything with acrylics that can be done with oils but I’m not convinced yet. I did learn a whole bunch while doing this, and did find a good way to blend (misting the canvas before applying the paint which has been mixed with gloss glazing medium or gloss gel…and not the satin medium I’d been using which has dulling matting agent added).
The thing I’m having the most trouble with is mixing the colors I want and getting bright light colors. Acrylics dry quite a bit darker than they look when wet because the acrylic medium is white which makes the colors seem lighter until they dry because then the medium is transparent, no longer white. Also I’m finding that acrylics seem more transparent than oils and don’t cover as easily (although you can always go over any area mid-painting with gesso for an instant undo).
I don’t like how stiff this painting is and how corny (although I do like the way the vase turned out). I think that for me to enjoy easel painting I’m going to have to work bigger
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!