Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Two Acrylics On Canvas Using "Golden Open"
These paintings (two bottom photos) are on 11"X14" stretched canvases. They were painted with extra long drying Golden Open acrylic paint. With me, the longer drying time is neither here nor there, because I paint fast, and I don't want that fine blended look like Jeremy Lipking masterfully does. I do have to wait for my large undercoats to dry somewhat. This is good, because it slows me down. I can "live" with the painting longer and evaluate it with fresh eyes. "Stacy" was painted with a 5 traditional color set of titanium white,alizarin crimson hue, ultramarine blue, vandyke brown, and sap green hue. "Erik", who lives in an apartment over my studio, was painted with the same colors with an addition of cad. red light, and cad. yellow light for a little extra pizazz. I haven't yet got the feel in my bones for acrylic portraiture, but by looking and being inspired by a few artists such as Sandra Flood and Karin Jurick, I will prevail! I'm getting ready to teach another watercolor portrait workshop in Sept., so I painted "Erik" again (top two photos) on 140lb., non- stretched, cold press watercolor paper...sooo much faster in watercolor. No wonder watercolor was used in the past as a study medium in preparation for final oils.