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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Acrylic Plein Air - Bird Feeder

I told you that I painted yesterday with the Golden Open paints. It was different for sure. Not like acrylics as they don't dry so fast, but also not like oils. The final look is close to oils as you can blend with them. Like all acrylics, they dry darker for me. I suppose it is because the water evaporates in drying and they change a little. Here is the painting as it was finished:

This is on a canvas panel from Dick Blick, 5 x 7 inches.

This is after I defined the bird feeder and birds as much as possible and glazed with some yellow to try and brighten up the painting. I still need practice with acrylics to have them end up as light in value as I intend them to be when I am painting.

I think I will enjoy painting with these paints. An internet friend from the Scavenger Hunts, Jamie Williams Grossman, tested Golden Open paints and has an interview with Mark Golden that you can download in PDF to read. Very informative and you can see her paintings on her blog/website. She paints in oils and acrylics, mainly plein air, but miniature paintings and more. The Golden site has Jamie's interview and three more interviews with the other artists that tested the paints.

I did a little still life with the Golden Open paints this evening, but again, it wasn't dry enough to photograph in real light and reflects too much when wet. The painting is darker than I want and I hope to brighten up the background. It needs orange and the only red I have is dark, alizaron crimson, so I may try using orange or bright red from my other acrylics. The Golden Open can be mixed with other Golden acrylics, but I don't have those. If I mix with Liquitex, they may never dry. We shall investigate that. Stay tuned.


Juanita said...

Great job on the two paintings!!!

Bag Blog said...

You do a really nice acrylic! I may have to give those acrylics a try if they stay wet that long. I have to constantly remind my students that acrylics and oils dry darker - they never quite believe me.

Jo Castillo said...

Thank you, Juanita. Hope you are having a great day and ring in the New Year being cozy with the grand-dogs.

Bag Blog, Thank you. I am working more on the one I started yesterday, a still life, and hope to lighten it up.

Valerie Jones said...

Beautiful work with the acrylics!! I can't wait to see more.

Happy New Year to you!

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie, thank you so much. I'm finishing the still life today!

fishing guy said...

Jo: Very nice work on the paintings.

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, thank you sir!

Teresa said...

I think you did a wonderful job! I love the overall softness and the bright blue of the birds. Two thumbs up!

Jo Castillo said...

Teresa, thanks so much!

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