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Acrylic Paintings

Acrylic Paintings

Working with acrylic paint has to be fast, as the paint dries in about 20 minutes. The advantage of time constraints is that brushwork is immediate; however,  because of the nature of acrylic paint, over painting can easily cover changes. Because this paint is plastic, in all cases the paint needs to be mixed with acrylic gel/ either matte or glossy and may also be thinned down with water to be used as a glaze. Mixed with a heavy acrylic medium, the paint can appear to sit in the clear gel. This heavier gel also allows other materials to be added to the picture: grit, textiles, extra canvas pieces. This is what I mean in most cases when I refer to “mixed mediums”.

Watercolors

Watercolors

Watercolors make immediate marks and stains on paper. With the same brush they can be used sparingly (wet into dry) for tight control or saturated (wet into wet) with more loose (wash) result. I usually use watercolor paints in the summer – when it’s easy to work for a while and break for a walk on the ocean. I leave paints, palette & paper out and not worry about paints drying up. (They do anyway.) Clean-up can come at the end of the day. A big (mop, grey squirrel hair) brush can be full of watercolor paint and used lightly to make a thin line or heavily to create a wash of color. For me, it feels like carving with a painted line.

About the Artist

About the Artist

I began studying art in 1982 when I took a watercolor class at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. I fell in love with the way the paint covered the paper and how a single brush can be used for different marks. Since then I’ve studied sculpture (figurative), plaster & bronze casting, stone carving, hand-building in clay and slip casting, printmaking, drawing and painting. I have also done stain painting, performance art, creating/producing public art games, building furniture with papier mache and collaborative projects with children. I will try to feature some of the “off beat” work in my blog posts.

Recent Work

Woman on the Edge
Vermont Backyard
Emma Waiting
Minda’s Forest
Richard
Mannie
ANTONIA
To Keep Silent
Qamus al-Salaam/Dictionary of Peace
Early Spring
The Cove
Mid-Winter