Painting 4: Approaches To Acrylic Painting
What you'll need
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Painting Surface (Canvas, Panel or Other)
Assorted colors
Acrylic Paint
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Water Container
Several
Paper Towels Or Rags
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Painting Palette (disposable Or Other)
Assorted
Paintbrushes
In this lesson I’ll demonstrate three different methods to approaching an acrylic painting.
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Each method starts with a different preparation of the painting surface or an underpainting.
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Here is the reference that I will be painting, a simple seascape.
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I’ll use the colors from “Painting 2: Colors You Need...” (except black) laid out in this order.
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Method 1: I sketch the basic layout of my painting in translucent, watered-down paint colors.
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Once the sketch is dry, I make my painting on top using both opaque and translucent paint.
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In this method, the white canvas underneath adds brightness and vividness to the translucent colors.
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This is especially helpful in paintings that have light, pastel colors and bright yellows.
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Method 2: Toned ground. I like to use a complimentary color to my subject, or a neutral color.
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Once dry, make your painting on top using opaque paint, allowing the ground color to peak through.
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The red underneath brings warmth and vibrance to otherwise cool colors of the painting.
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Here’s another example, see the ground color shining through in places?
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I also like this method because I can use my leftover paint to prepare a canvas for next time.
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Method 3: Make a monochromatic underpainting. Again use a complimentary color or a neutral color.
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This Method has the benefits of Methods 1 & 2 plus you have a value structure already established.
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I was able to work both transparently and opaquely and I have the warm color shining through effect.
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Here’s another painting using this method. My underpainting helped me to establish all the layers.
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These are three ways to start an acrylic painting.
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Try them all and see which you like best!
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