Some pluses for acrylics:
- Clean up with water.
- Dry quickly
- Frame without glass when used on board or canvas.
- Easy to correct.
- You can glaze and use like watercolor.
- They dry quickly. Not able to blend as easily. (I have not tried the new interactive acrylics.)
- Lack of texture unless you add medium or pumice, etc.
- They dry darker than I put them on.
The first step on the canvas was to sketch in my plan with a watered down blue. I had sketched and rearranged the cactus in my mind from a photo reference of a scene in New Mexico.
In a landscape I start with the sky and the distant hills. I usually have a background, middle ground and foreground.
Next I worked in the cactus with the blooms and began developing the middle ground.
Then I filled in the whole bottom with dark ground clutter and began to work in some detail there. I did not get a photo, I was too interested in what I was doing. Here is a closeup of the details.
This is the finish. There is a bright and dark area on the left around the prickly pear cactus hoping to be of interest and direct the eye around the painting.
It looks like my theme for my show in New Mexico in July will center around cactus and local scenery doesn't it? I called this Desert Cactuses in place of Desert Cacti, both are correct in the dictionary. Do you have a better name? Thanks.