Friday, April 26, 2013

WIP #7

It's been two weeks since I last posted.  Part of that is laziness, part of it is the fact that last week's update just wasn't that interesting.  I am making progress but this painting has a few sessions to go yet.  Here is the latest;

Here is a detail of the area I'm currently working on.

Hopefully I'll be less neglectful of this blog in the future.  I plan on posting photographs from my hikes and travels as well in the future.  I also plan on spending more time at the drawing board and easel, hopefully I have more than just this monster painting to post about soon. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

WIP #6

Another week another update to the big painting;

And a detail shot.

This is turning out to be quite a journey.  At first glance it doesn't look like I've done much.  I haven't gone hardly any further down the board but I've done a lot of refining of that areas I did last week.  Always experimenting and learning as I go!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

WIP #5

I had another session on the big painting this week. Two hours go by really fast when you're painting with a friendly group.   One of the things I love about acrylics is the ability to layer within a couple minutes vs a couple days as with oils, (or weeks).  I take advantage of this ability a lot with acrylics. You'll see in the the newly painted section of the painting that some areas are more finished than others.  Some only have the initial layer, scrubbed in transparently and other areas have two or three layers and are still looking unfinished. Finished areas often have ten or more layers.  Admittedly, some of this layering is by necessity with acrylics being less opaque than oils but I find it often a more fun way to paint than wet into wet, though I often use that technique as well.  Wet into wet takes a little bit of planning and working quickly with acrylics but it is possible.

Close up.