Thursday, January 07, 2016

He loves me, he loves me not...

6" x 8"  acrylic on panel  - SOLD

I find it difficult to get back into the routine in the studio after a bit of a break.  Christmas disrupts schedules, but in a good way, all that food disrupts my waistline in a bad way, but it is all under control now.  The gym, a Fitbit to keep me motivated and painting underway gets 2016 off to a good start.

I've returned to the studio schedule this week and am playing around with some acrylics using a palette knife.  Even the heavy body acrylics are not thick enough for me, being so used to working with oils, so I add Liquitex  LiquithickThickening Gel to give them some bulk. This is a transparent, gel additive which dries to a matte finish.  It is mixed in small quantities with acrylics to achieve the inpasto texture that oil paints provide, making it suitable for palette knife work.

I have a love/hate relationship with acrylics.  I love that they dry fast.  I hate that they dry fast. I don't like the slight change in colour on drying, so have to remember to bump up the value or I get a paled version when the piece dries.  Fortunately, its easy to paint over, but when you've created that perfect colour/stroke, its frustrating to have to re-do a section. For palette knife work, similar effects can be achieved as with oils, but a bit more planning is required due to the nature of the beast.

I think I'll work on a tutorial on using acrylics with a palette knife for my January video demo.  I'm going to produce a video demo once a month on a drawing or painting technique, so this will be the first of twelve.  I'll go into the process in more depth and work step by step through a small painting using acrylics with a knife and medium.

You can watch previous videos on my YouTube Channel.  If you subscribe, you'll be notified when a new tutorial is posted.  This tutorial is on sharpening a pencil.  You thought you knew how?  Maybe, maybe not.  This is how we were instructed on sharpening a pencil when learning to draw and mechanical sharpeners were banned from the studios.


RH Carpenter said...

Definitely looking forward to the first video, Jeanette, since I'm also exploring and playing with acrylics. Haven't used them with a palette knife, but I could do so with some help, I think :) And this doggie is so perfect - and Happy!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

can't use oil paints anymore so am stuck with acrylics, but don't paint enough for that to bother me. i'm the same, love/hate the drying time lol

Bren Murphy said...

Love your work and way of going about things - very professional and inspirational.

Life Coaching

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thank you Bren, I'm glad you enjoy it.

Sue Pownall said...

What a fun painting. Love it!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Sue, paintings that provoke smiles are always good.