Thursday, February 21, 2008
I've said it before, what I like about the medium of acrylic is that I can make many, many changes without waiting days and days for paint to dry (as one must suffer through in oil). That's the watercolorist coming out in me...a certain comfort level with working quickly and spontaneously. The changes I made in Gloria's portrait are mostly in the hair and a little in the light blue background. It was all accomplished within hours of my previous post. Now I know that if you are an oil painter reading this, you are thinking "yea, but there is so little time to blend". Not an issue with me because I like to paint in a style where blending is not front and center. And if I must do a little, I do it fast (as one needs to do in water color!). You also are probably thinking..."not enough contemplation time while the paint is drying". I don't want loads of contemplation time. I have been known to come back to a painting weeks and even months later to make a change or two but it is a rare occurrence. I like to work within a relatively short time frame (as compared to oil) and at an intense level.