Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Acrylic Raccoon - Last Post

I think this will be my last post on this raccoon.  It's not that I feel it's finished as there are still some areas that need tweaking, but I've got other things that need doing and I'm out of paint that I've mixed for this fellow.  It just feels like a good time to stop for now.

OK, what have I learned about painting with acrylics?  What do I like or dislike about this medium?

Well, it's all color over color in layers and can be kind of tedious.  It's the same with pastels, watercolors and gouache (sometimes) so I don't know why I don't mind going over and over in pastels for instance but it's irksome to do it in acrylic!  Maybe it's all the brush cleaning in between as that adds more time to the painting.  Even with watercolor or gouache, I can lay down a brush with paint residue in it and not worry about ruining the brush if I don't clean it thoroughly right away. 

I so like the idea of acrylics going onto just about any surface or support.  And I like the fact that they don't have to be framed under glass unless they're on unmounted/unvarnished paper.  Those are certainly pluses for me.  And while I'm pretty slow right now, this painting hasn't taken much longer than the pastels I do.  I think in time I may even be able to paint faster, which would be another plus.

So, I don't know if the acrylic medium will ever become a favorite but at least I feel as if I've gotten a handle on the basics and won't be hesitant to do more paintings with it.  We'll just have to see, won't we?

Oh, any c & c is very welcome on this.  His paw isn't quite finished, the whiskers need some attention and the tree bark definitely needs work.  If you see anything else, please let me know and please suggest HOW to accomplish any changes if you can!  I'm always open to learning more!

I would heartily recommend Lee Hammond's dvd and book if you want to learn more about the mechanics of painting in acrylics.  I hate it when you buy a video and just get to watch someone paint.  Ms. Hammond tells you what colors she's using and mixing and shows you how she actually paints and I wish more artists were as thorough when they put out a dvd.

I'm going back to the garden, laundry, the kitchen and the rest of the house that I've sorely neglected recently so you may not see me again for a while!  But, I'll be back!

6 comments:

Teresa said...

Your raccoon looks wonderful. Great job...especially considering you used those tiresome acrylics LOL! I just can't seem to make friends with acrylics. Having said that, I have a decent collection of acrylics paints and brushes since I use them for wall murals. But for art on paper or canvas... give me wc or oil!

Jan said...

Oh, Teresa! Your thoughts on acrylic mirror mine although I would like to paint my pet portraits without the worry of using pastels. So, I'm biting the bullet and really trying with them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maggie Latham said...

Jan, Have you tried the newish Interactive Atelier Acrylics? I've been posting some recent findings and experiments (using them) on my blog posts of the last month.

Jan said...

Hi Maggie, thanks for stopping by. No, I haven't tried the Interactives yet. I bought the Golden Opens as I thought they'd behave more like oils but I didn't care for them much. I've heard good things about the Interactives and may have to get some of those next - always a new art supply to tempt you, isn't there? lol

*The Old Geezer said...

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Jan said...

Thanks for stopping by Geezer!