Experimenting has never been more fun ~ this past weekend I decided to set aside oil pastels and try my hand at painting ocean scenes using acrylic paints. These scenes are studies that I plan to paint each week as I learn the nuances for painting with acrylics. My goal is get familiar with brushes, mixing colors, brush strokes (regular strokes to scumbling) and finally techniques. Mixing colors is a blast, the incredible range of subtle tones you can achieve is awesome nothing like oil pastel sticks, and there was no fighting with trying to lay down layer after layer (as there is with oil pastels).
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Ocean Study 1 (night scene): acrylic paints (10×8) on a hardboard. This was an attempt to paint a night scene using blue/green as overall tone. I left the dark area at top-left of clouds, it was a study and I didn’t want to waste paint mixing for more clouds.
Ocean Study 3: acrylics (8×10) painted on a hardboard. The attempt was to paint rocks taking a pounding from the incoming wave. I left rock details to a minimum, this was more about mixing my own greens and light browns, and working the surf/sea-foam.
Ultramarine blue is the only acrylic blue in my painting box, it’s not my go-to blue to use – Phthalo and Cobalt blues are my favorites that I need to buy.
Talk about buying – Nebraska Furniture Mart had a huge sale last week on Vanguard Tri-Pods, regularly $130 on sale for $19.99! Can you guess what I bought to use for photographing my artwork? Making a big difference in clearer shots already – although for my blog, I’m still not posting high-resolution images of my work!
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