By Nancy Reyner
A tribute to the expressiveness of modern-day artists and the tremendous versatility of the medium, AcrylicWorks beneficial properties 126 modern masterpieces. This gorgeous assortment covers a variety of kinds and topics from intimate pix and ultra-realistic flora and fauna work to sweeping landscapes and impressive abstracts. Captions exhibit the original inventive tale at the back of every bit and provide suggestions and strategies from most sensible acrylic artists.
Arguable no different medium deals this sort of breadth of artistic possibilities, from obvious veils of colour to juicy impasto strokes. Acrylics permit artists the liberty to maneuver from layer to layer fast and intuitively, with no looking ahead to paint to dry...or, while used with ingredients, time to paintings the paint for wet-into-wet purposes. mixed with coloured pencil, oil, university, 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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While I was snapping photos, the subject looked up at me with an intense gaze, the light flooding his face and flowing white beard. It was one of those moments when your heart rate increases and you think as you look through the lens, this has to be painted! In the studio I cropped the photo to create interesting shapes on both sides of the figure and then transferred the drawing to the canvas before beginning the application of acrylic paint. My goal was to capture the contrast of darks and lights and the character of the face in a realistic style, manipulating and blending the medium like oil to achieve a luminous quality.
Oriental Roses, Deb Ward Fluid acrylic on 300-lb. (640gsm) cold-pressed Arches 22" × 30" (56cm × 76cm) This is one painting in a series based on my collection of oriental fabrics. Painting in series alleviates the stress of what to paint next and lets me master either a technique or a subject. Background colors were laid in; then quantities of Pebeo drawing gum were used on the dragons. Similar in usage, look and handling of watercolors, fluid acrylics allow me to glaze and the paint to flow. I challenged myself to create a shadow on black and to create interesting black fabric with other colors.
I take hundreds of photos of animals, backgrounds, grasses, leaves and landscapes. I also do sketches, take notes on weather conditions and jot down ideas. This particular painting came from an outing at the Bronx Zoo. One morning, this cub and two others playfully chased each other for hours. When one cub took a break to rest on this rock, I was instantly taken with the pose, light and potential for a good composition. Acrylics are the ideal medium for this. The drying properties allow me to develop areas rather quickly.