Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Peanut Butter Transitions
The photos above represent the transitions this acrylic painting has gone through. The last photo shows where I stopped painting last week. All three photos have such a different look. The ellipses on the peanut butter jar all need to be corrected as does the slant of the back edge of the table.
It has been intriguing to work with acrylics again. It certainly is a good opportunity to think about brush strokes, direction of a stroke and how it will alter the look of the area; edges, where to have soft edges and which area needs a harder edge. Then there is values to consider and which color would work best placed next to another color. Which color will make that area sing and which color will act as a neutral or an accompaniment to the more intense colors. The other thing about acrylics is how fast they dry and how they darken when they dry. I'm learning a lot about dry brushing to help soften an area and have found it challenging to create a sharp edge. Now, after writing this, I am jazzed up to begin painting again.