Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Boxing Day drawing

I've been at this for a few months now, and feel like I'm only just being able to paint the kind of things that I want to paint, and that lift my soul.   Broad passages and blobs of colour don't seem to be working so well for me. I have to battle the acrylic paint.   It dries too fast to blend well, and I really don't like transparency in my paint.

Yay for acrylic gouache and Posca pens.  :)

I have tried oils, and while they're beautiful, I don't handle them very well.  I also lack space to be able to set out paint thinners and brush cleaner et al.  So it sorta has to be acrylic.  The Open Acrylics have the texture of sticky snot, and are still transparent. So they'll take some time to get used to.

But back to blending broad areas of colour, I can never seem to make the shapes I want and end up doodling without concentrating fully.  I find these staccato marks; dashes and small blobs, are more successful. They make the painting lively and give it movement, like pointillism, and the Van Gogh style of painting.  These marks, along with the staccato mini-scribbles I love to do, also depict the feel of light through leaves and plants quite well.

Drawing in acrylic paint and Posca pens.  I'm quite please with the feeling of light and shade in this.

I just love using paint markers, and have ordered some empty ones with some Golden High Flow acrylic to mix my own colours.


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