Acrylic Halloween painting

I rarely use acrylics. I started with acrylics 3 years ago and within six months realized I didn’t like the medium. The medium dries too quickly for me to do any blending. I live in the high desert so everything dried before I could use up all the paint. Someone said I should probably try oils. Well I decided to go back to school and take some art classes. The instructor said I had to take a class with him if I wanted to take his advanced drawing class next semester. So guess what I had to take… acrylics.

Below is my attempt at painting sunflowers and a pumpkin! It started with a yellow that was a little too translucent. After buying liquitex paint, I was able to complete these sunflowers mixing it with red. I have to say I’m quite happy with my Halloween painting.

Choosing an art medium and being a Facebook addict artist

I think there should be FAA (Facebook Anonymous Addicts) for artists!  There are just too many art groups online, and for an aspiring beginning artist who is trying to decide what medium is best for my personality, I am finding that I want to join all of the art groups. There are acrylic groups, painting groups, pastel groups, sketching groups, color pencil artist groups, beginning groups, marketing groups, tattoo groups, ink and pencil groups, gouache group, graphite groups,  etc.  There are so many Facebook groups with great examples of art that it is hard to specialize in one art medium when all the art mediums are appealing.   Unfortunately, art supplies are expensive so I must make a concerted effort to decide what medium I should concentrate on.

Here is what I know about myself as an artist: 1) I am impatient; 2) I need quiet time to complete my projects; 3) I seek stress relief; 3) mess, clutter and stuff all over the place gives me anxiety 4) love spontaneity; 5) enjoy pieces with lots of color; 6) need to work in chunks of time; 6) want my art supplies to be simple; and 7) I like to change from realistic and loose/impressionist artwork.   To date, I have tried acrylics, color pencil art, sketching with pencils and inks and watercolors.  I’ve painted and drawn on canvas, rocks, hot and cold watercolor paper, drafting paper and sketchbooks. Here is are my conclusions on what art I like to do!

  • Sketching and watercolor in sketchbooks and journals- feeds my spontaneity, it’s easy and portable—so I can get into Urban Sketching and 15 – 30 minute short thematic sketching
  • Color Pencil Art – Allows me to work in chunks of time, supplies are simple, and it’s portable.
  • Inks, markers and watercolors/watercolor pencils: combines spontaneity, lots of color and doesn’t make all the mess that acrylics, pastels and charcoal does.
  • Acrylics – Although I don’t like the mess, I will use acrylics occasionally. I do like all the bright colors and the impressionistic or expressionism painting. Acrylic probably my least favorite to use, but I can play on huge canvasses.
  • Watercolors – I’ve not used watercolors in it’s pure form other than in sketching, but have used watercolor pencils.  I love the translucency of the art form…just need to do some practice pieces.

So where I am going with this?  I thought I would share a few pieces (some you’ve seen, sorry) so you can suggest what I might be good at.  Remember, I am still a beginner, but hopefully you might give me suggestions on where my focus should be…or is it okay to be a artist of all trades.  Is that what creativity is all about?

Acrylics 

 

 

 

Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil

 

 

Sketching with Watercolors, Markers and Pen

 

 

 

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What’s your story? How did you start your art or photo journey?

It was last year that I decided to try my hand at art. My husband said I needed to retire and find somthing to do. He knew that I had been dragging my art supplies 20+ years every time I moved and I kept saying I wanted to paint my pictures (see some of my photos).  The problem was, I didnt know which medium to try. I have watercolors, oil tubes, acrylic tubes, pastels and sketch pencils. I wanted to try them all, but didnt want to be a jack of all trades. I went to the local library and “ohhhhed and ahhhhed” at all the the great library books. I had no idea what mixed media was so I borrowed a book called Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink by Ohl, Jodi. The book was insightful since it took an approach to mixed media, and introduced me to types of materials, paint mixing, priming the canvas, and the painting process. The book also demonstrated the use of ink (which I had no idea that you could pour ink), with acrylics. I highly recommend the book. The painting was my rendition of the demonstartion from the book. It’s 11×14 canvas board and Daler Rowney Acrylic Sampler to complete the painting.  Although I am sure you can use any acrylic paints. I didnt have pourable ink for the splatters, so I used acrylic for the splatters and a marker to define the buildings.

Unfortunately, I am a messy painter so I look just like the canvas. Rarely do I take out my brushes, but I will when I want to finish a piece in a few hours.  Since then, I have switched to Color Pencil art, which is a slow medium,  with an occasional visit back to acrylics.  I am a little impatient so it’s nice to get a piece done quickly in acrylic paints.  I only came across the color pencil when I saw a painting that  looked similar to watercolor.  I did a few Facebook searches and found amazing artists in the medium.  It’s been a difficult for the media to make it’s impact in the art world, but the community of artists have grown to respect the artists who choose to work with color pencil.

If you get the book, feel free to post your painting demonstrations. I would love to see them.  Also, I would also love to hear your story!

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