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. 

5 comments:

Pat said...

Its fascinating to watch - speaking as one who doesn't use acrylic. Really fascinating the changes it goes through!

mollie jones said...

What fun to see this WIP, Ann. I've only done 2 acrylics and the one thing I enjoyed is that they can be drastically changed...just as your three peanut butter jars. I love all three looks.

liz said...

I always wanted to paint. I really like what you do and nice to see the progression. Thanks for sharing with us.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Ann, thank you for sharing your insights about acrylics. I hope that you will be showing us more WIPs with acrylic.

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks all of you for your time and your comments. You are appreciated, ya know. :)