By Nancy Reyner
A tribute to the expressiveness of modern day artists and the awesome versatility of the medium, AcrylicWorks positive aspects 126 modern masterpieces. This gorgeous assortment covers quite a lot of types and topics from intimate pix and ultra-realistic flora and fauna work to sweeping landscapes and ambitious abstracts. Captions exhibit the original artistic tale in the back of every piece and provide advice and strategies from most sensible acrylic artists.
Arguable no different medium bargains any such breadth of inventive possibilities, from obvious veils of colour to juicy impasto strokes. Acrylics let artists the liberty to maneuver from layer to layer quick and intuitively, with no looking ahead to paint to dry...or, whilst used with ingredients, time to paintings the paint for wet-into-wet purposes. mixed with coloured pencil, oil, college, gels, pastes, and a wealth of alternative complementary mediums, the possibilities for texture and experimentation are unending. The results—as you will see...
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Its asymmetrical and stately appearance always attracts my attention. I’m fascinated by the image it presents from different viewpoints, under varying lighting and weather conditions as well as the time of year. I primarily paint with acrylics to take advantage of their drying time and versatility of application. In this painting, to get the light effect as seen on the clouds and tree, I used acrylics with like watercolor glazes, opaque oil passages and scumbling. To promote color harmony I used four colors plus white: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, Hooker’s Green and Ultramarine Blue.
I don’t call them portraits, I call them personalities. It’s not about anatomy, bone structure, epidermis or skin tone—it’s about the inner being. And that’s how I approach every piece I create. Whether it’s a person, pet, piano or piece of popcorn, it’s about personality. The concept of Prairie Dog was simply to present the personality of our precious twelve year old French bulldog, Zsa Zsa. To me acrylics are the more playful brother of oils. Why be so serious? It’s a painting, not rocket science.
While I was painting I continued to glance at the trees and bushes in front of me to help me remember the way branches and leaves interconnect, but mostly I was interested in designing the painting to portray the rhythms and patterns in nature. It was important to me that the painting have an abstract feel to it, while still retaining the charm of a theme. Acrylic is a very important medium for this technique because of its quick drying power. I was constantly layering one color on top of the other.