By Nancy Reyner
A tribute to the expressiveness of brand new artists and the outstanding versatility of the medium, AcrylicWorks beneficial properties 126 modern masterpieces. This attractive assortment covers quite a lot of kinds and topics from intimate pictures and ultra-realistic natural world work to sweeping landscapes and impressive abstracts. Captions display the original artistic tale in the back of every bit and provide guidance and methods from best acrylic artists.
Arguable no different medium bargains this kind of breadth of artistic possibilities, from obvious veils of colour to juicy impasto strokes. Acrylics enable artists the liberty to maneuver from layer to layer quick and intuitively, with no watching for paint to dry...or, whilst used with ingredients, time to paintings the paint for wet-into-wet functions. mixed with coloured pencil, oil, college, gels, pastes, and a wealth of different complementary mediums, the possibilities for texture and experimentation are unending. The results—as you will see...
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Don’t Be Afraid To Take Chances, Angela Bandurka Acrylic on canvas, 24" × 24" (61cm × 61cm) Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances was painted in my studio from life. Placing a bright light behind the scene made for a more dramatic setting and heightened the contrasts. I prefer painting on canvas because of the gentle give of the textile, but I don’t enjoy the uniform weave it has, so a thin coat of modeling paste goes under my favorite red gesso before painting. The first and most important step, once the canvas is prepped, is the drawing, which I created with a light pastel pencil.
I use at least six layers of color, each layer still painted bit by bit. It seems tedious, but the seemingly insignificant details make them so real, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable for me. Ivy, Cara Bevan Acrylic on birch panel, routered edges, 141⁄4" × 91⁄2" (36cm × 24cm) It’s the most enigmatic creatures that catch your eye. You admire their prowess and are humbled to be in their presence. I felt this way toward Ivy, our beautiful tiny cat. Ivy was born in 1994 with five siblings. Her paws were the width of quarters, her head fit in your palm.
The drying properties allow me to develop areas rather quickly. I usually start with the background and build up layer by layer. This process can be done in minutes with acrylic as opposed to hours or days with oil. It’s also ideal for painting fur and feathers or texture on rocks. You can work up these areas by glazing transparently or adding more color for opacity. You can experiment with the various mediums and pastes, but give me a spray bottle with water and a brush and I’m good to go. Spanish Symphony, Billy-Jack Milligan Acrylic on Masonite board, 8" × 16" (20cm × 41cm) One of my most memorable bird sightings in the Everglades was that of the Roseate Spoonbills.
AcrylicWorks--The Best of Acrylic Painting. Ideas and Techniques for Today's Artists by Nancy Reyner