Saturday, October 30, 2010

24 x 20 inch acrylic "Life is a Bowl of Cherries"

I have been working on this one for around five days and I am really glad to sign my name and call it done. Painting in acrylics is such a challenge for me and I get so frustrated when working in this medium. In some ways I love the fast drying times but at other times I wish I could work the paint more! I may have to try some extender next time.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

WIP Finished

After working most of today on this I think it is done. There a subtle changes that are probably not all that noticeable except to me. I will give it a coat of gloss medium and call it done.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

12 x 36 inch acrylic "tulips in a vase"

I thought I would post this painting even though it is a long way from being finished. Again some more practice with acrylics and this time I did a full grey scale painting first. I am determined to teach myself the process of glazing in acrylics. It is a very slow and tedious (for me anyway) way of painting. I usually try to paint the subject directly with little layering when I paint in oils, so this method is a challenge for me. I like how the painting appears to have a glow. This is due to the light bouncing through the many thin, transparent layers of paint. I will post the finished painting again in due course.

Monday, October 18, 2010

14 x 18 inch acrylic "The Three Amigos"

This painting is another practice with acrylics. I liked the composition in this size canvas. The colors are not exactly as they are IRL because for some reason I cannot photograph yellow very well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

12 x 16 inch acrylic "Orange & Silver"

Another practice piece with acrylics. I think I am finally getting the hang of it. Acrylics definitely are finicky but I know the more I use them the more comfortable I will become. I need to get out of my comfort zone. I have decided that I am going to paint LARGER. There is definitely something freeing about using a large brush and forgetting the little details. That is not to say that I will not be aiming for realism but I think you can attain realism even when leaving out the small details. I am going to focus on light and values. I look forward to starting this new chapter in my artwork.

I need to clear out my studio to make room for those large canvases so I am having a studio sale again this year. I am selling everything smaller than 16 x 20 inch for $75 or less. Email me for individual prices. I accept PayPal.

Monday, October 11, 2010

18 x 30 inch oil Still life

I have been working on this for awhile and thought I would post it as I am almost finished (I think). It is done from my own set-up in a light box. This is quite different than painting from a photo, which I usually prefer. I find it hard to get the right prespective with the layout and I took so long getting it done, my fruit started to rot! Good thing it was out in my studio and not in the house! There are a few things I do not like with this painting but overall it was a good effort and good practice for me.

New acrylic paintings 8 x 10 inch

I have been practicing with my acrylics this weekend. Still not sure if they are something I want to pursue in my art. They are fun for those small, quick little paintings but for something larger I think I will stick to the oils.