Sunday, May 09, 2010

Acrylic study

I pulled out some acrylics last night, hoping that a bit of painting would inspire me and require less thinking than a detailed drawing.  I didn't want the hassle of clean up with oils, but remembered my lack of recent experience in acrylics and perhaps should have taken out the oils instead.  The quality that some artists can achieve in acrylics has my admiration, but I've rarely been able to successfully pull it off.  Yes, I know there are extenders and slow drying acrylics, but I use acrylics too infrequently to warrant additional funds in that direction.

Anyway, I started a piece and will see if I can push it to completion.  This is another view of the lane near my house that leads into a marsh.  The lane is flooded and the iron in the soil is apparent in the orange/rust colours.  I love the changing colours in both the water and trees during the seasons in this view and often do studies of it. The colours in this lane always remind me of autumn even in summer.  The greens aren't usually lush there, being pines, larch and alders and the rusty soil adds to the overall feel.

This piece is about 16 x 20 and I'm laying in colours and values roughly before I start defining it more.

2 comments:

Lolli072 said...

Looks great so far! Can't wait to see the end result. I myself have always used acrylics. I have never used oils before! In University our painting studio was so small it didn't have proper ventilation for oil paint usage. Love to try one of these days. :-)

Niall young said...

It's looking good Jeanette...I have two boxes of acryics sitting on a shelf, but so far
I've not been brave enough to have a go...I think it's a good thing for an artists to step out of the comfort zone.