Monday, March 30, 2009
This weekend I attended an Acrylic workshop given by Golden Acrylics in an effort to learn this frustrating medium. I really learned a lot. I have been using the wrong acrylics and fighting them. Most of the acrylics that I have are the ones in tubes which have a heavier consistency. I have a couple of the liquid acrylics made by Liquitex but the colors seem to be diluted along with the thickness. I thought that was just the way they were supposed to be.
The Golden acrylics colors are very intense and I felt much more comfortable working with the thin paints rather than the thick ones. Too bad that I have about a 10 year supply of the thick ones. They will be good for base coats on paintings anyway.
We were able to work on a variety of supports that had been prepared using many of their mediums. This was a great way to experiment without purchasing each one. The above painting was done on their crackle medium, which is probably pretty obvious. I loved the workability of the paint on this surface. It was similar to watercolor but less stressful and it was easier for me to be a little more loose with the strokes. Okay, it's still pretty tight but considering my painting style, it is looser.
Here are some of the other mediums we tried:
Tar Gel - loved it
Fiber Paste - This looked like a very rough piece of watercolor paper so I felt right at home. I
didn't try to do a representational painting on it though so I need to try it again.
Light Molding Paste - This was smoothly applied to a support and we painted on it. We didn't use it to add texture. It was fun to paint on but again, I did an abstract so I need to experiment some more.
Black Gesso - Really a lot of fun, another abstract.
Gesso Board - I tried to paint a realistic painting on this and hated it. I washed it off, (as best I could) and did an abstract, which was okay but I probably would stay away from this one.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I'm still working small but I'm ready to go big again. Maybe next week's will be a watercolor painting on a full sheet of paper...or a silk painting....or a pastel..... We'll see how much time I have to play. I'm feeling the pull of abstraction again but with all the wonderful flowers in bloom right now, it's hard not to want to capture their beauty.
Image size 4" x 8"