I thought I would post some pics of how I approach a new painting. The first pic shows an underpainting of burnt sienna done in acrylic. After I do a drawing directly on the canvas I paint this acrylic layer rather quickly, just indicating the general darks and lights. I like using acrylic because it dries very quickly and allows me to go on to the next layer which I put on in oil. This is the grey scale layer and is again like map to follow, indicating the different value changes. The third pic shows the painting after 2 fairly thin layers done in oil. I use liquin as my medium because it allows the painting to dry quickly so that I can paint on it the next day. I am starting to refine the painting at this point showing a bit more detail. I will probably put another 2 or 3 layers on top of this until I have the painting as I like it.
I am a basically self-taught artist experimenting with different mediums and methods of expression. All types of art appeal to me at some basic level but generally I am drawn most towards any subject where light and dark can be expressed. I especially enjoy how an everyday, ordinary object can be transformed into something beautiful by just changing the light that it is viewed in. Every day that allows for some artistic expression is a happy day for me.
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PET PORTRAITS IN PASTEL
I love to paint animals of any type, but particularly love painting family pets. I do all my portraits in pastel on suede matboard which is a wonderful support for creating realistic pieces of art which will last a lifetime. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in commissioning a portrait of your wonderful pet.