Sunday, February 27, 2011
Landwash Update 4
A wintry weekend has given me the bonus of more time to spend on this painting and its moving along more quickly than I anticipated. I've worked more on adding definition to the piece within the wave, reflected light on the water surface and by adding more layers to the sand in the foreground. Its at a point where the work is a bit repetitious and can be monotonous to a degree. The water surface reflections are like a puzzle, but perfect placement isn't a requirement so I have a bit of leaway in that.
Tonight I'm having a little break from water and working on some other things. Its good to have a couple of pieces in progress at the same time as it gives me a chance to go back again with fresh eyes every day or two.
People have asked how I achieve this effect with acrylics. Acrylics aren't a medium I was ever very comfortable using or pleased with the results, but I've played around with them more frequently over the last couple of months and there are elements I like and dislike about them. I may be doing the next piece in oils which will have similar techniques to my current use of acrylics.
For acrylics I sometimes use a slow dry blending medium in passages of the piece that give me more time to blend the values. However, often I simply use a series of thin glazes of paint using just water as the medium. I use a 'scrubby' or old short bristle brush to work a layer of paint and immediately top it with another value, blending the edges. I find this gives me the best control over the paint and not leave hard edges. To the viewer, acrylics or oil use in a finished piece, would be very difficult to differentiate from. As with many different mediums, there are certain mindsets that reject one over the other or deem a finished piece as more or else valuable. This, to me, is part of the art world that I do not like and smacks of some individuals wanting to feel more superior in a claim that one medium is 'better' than another. To me, its in the final product. I don't care what the medium is.