May 26, 2009

Shadow Barn

Acrylic on Panel

Out of the studio and back in the great outdoors! I've become lazy and used to painting from cropped images viewed on my computer screen. I really need to get out more often. This was really frustrating at first, and it wasn't the composition or cropping. It was mixing colors outdoors and getting them to match. 

Also I forgot about the challenges of changing light. When I'd started, the roof was much much brighter than the sky, but by the time I finished, they had swapped values. I kinda wound up somewhere in between.


Denise R said...

Nice job! I am "Teaching Denise to Paint" and have been playing around with acrylics. I noticed you do a great job with mixing and such. What brand do you use and do you have any hints or whatever for keeping them wet while you are painting outside (or inside for that matter!). Any advice is appreciated!

gringo said...

I like the consistency and price point of Golden Acrylics. I also like the metal tubes for some reason. Those plastic ones bug me.

Golden has some new ones that are supposed to be more open, but I haven't tried those yet. I did try the Chroma brand Atelier Interactive brands but I don't like 'em much.

Tips: After setting out my palette, I squirt out a stream of Golden acrylic medium over each blob of paint, and then I make a big puddle of the stuff on one side of the palette. I should probably get one of those clip on cups or something, but the puddle works. I dip into it when mixing new blobs or when I want things a little looser.

It's also a good idea to have a spray bottle on hand, especially on warm or windy days. I spray the palette now and again to keep things loose. You can always dip into a little water when mixing as well.

I don't like spritzing the canvas itself too much, because things can run or separate. I might do it if it's August in Sonoma or if I'm using it to rework an area etc, but it really depends on how wet you like things.

You can also put the whole palette in the fridge overnight with a little spray of water and it stays just fine. I discovered this while painting on a cold night, when things just wouldn't dry.

I often get comments that folks can't believe that some of my stuff is acrylic, but the easiest way to get that effect is to use quite a bit of medium, water and work fast and lose so things mix and blend, especially when using a brush loaded with paint that's not overly mixed.

Hope that's helpful and not more info than you needed.

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful shadows, Gringo!

Denise R said...

Thanks so much for the tips! They do help a lot. With all of the stuff out there as far as paints and supplies go, it is nice to have a little guidance to help narrow things down. I know everyone has to try what works for them, but I admire your work and love seeing what you do on your blog. I will give the things you said a try and see how it works for me. I just got some Golden paints and will try it with the slow dry medium stuff (I guess that is the medium you talked about using?) and see how I do with it.