Thursday, April 4, 2013
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.