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02-13-2012, 03:22 PM
I'm new to this medium, so I am starting out small with simple subjects from my own sketches and photos. I'll get bigger and more complex as I gain confidence, but this sure is a flexible medium compared to my usual pastels and watercolors. Thanks to all for the help contained in these forums.

Coldfinch, 6" x 7.25", on MDF board

Chukar, Morning Light, 9" x 13", MDF board


02-13-2012, 04:06 PM
Both are beautiful! But I love the palette and the contrast of the second one. So happy you are enjoying your adventure with acrylics!

02-13-2012, 04:20 PM
Love them both, they're really good. Welcome to acrylics!!

02-13-2012, 04:52 PM
Although the second painting is more technically executed (and very nice grass), I like the first more. It is charming, and somehow has more passion, if that is the right word. The lines and colors are more free. I really like your white background, because it isn't white at all, and I have a soft spot for texture.

Ms Nan
02-13-2012, 05:14 PM
These are both very nice. Glad you are enjoying acrylics, and thanks for letting us see your work.

02-13-2012, 05:14 PM
Good ones - first one has hints of a Japanese painting

Kathrin G.
02-13-2012, 06:08 PM
the second one is truly fabulous :clap: well done on both pieces :thumbsup:

Charlie's Mum
02-13-2012, 06:35 PM
Both lovely pieces Bill - so I think you're well on your way to larger ones:D

02-13-2012, 06:36 PM
Definitely wonderful...love them both!!

02-13-2012, 07:00 PM
you guys kill me saying this my first acrylic and bam! a great painting that's you exeptional painting

Lady Carol
02-13-2012, 11:03 PM
Both are great. The second one is very appealing.

02-14-2012, 04:50 AM
"but this sure is a flexible medium" - that is very true! I hope you'll get to like it more and more, it seems you're enjoying it already. Studying still lives (fruits and pots and stuff) can quickly give you an understanding of how the medium works.

02-14-2012, 09:06 AM
Bill: Nice to see you over here. Two lovely studies. I especially like the first. Are you hooked on acrylics yet? :)


02-14-2012, 09:59 AM
Very very nice!!!!

02-14-2012, 02:36 PM
Thank you for all the nice comments and encouragement. I did a lot of studying of both the technical aspects, and artists' works before investing in a single brush, or tube of paint. Our local library, this site, and other painting blogs and artists continue to be of great help. I have an idea of what I want to do with medium, achieving it will be the trick.

One aspect of the medium that really facinates me is the combination of glazes with opaque brushwork. I tried this in the grasses in the Chukar painting and can see the great potential it has for depth of color and control of its intensity. (By the way, the grass in that painting was added from imagination).

I am using Golden paints, and their gloss medium for mixing glazes. Any further advice or tips are very welcome, and Derek, yes I think I am already hooked.


chammi kaiser
02-14-2012, 02:56 PM
A very warm welcome from me too. I think both your paintings are delightful and really look forward to seeing more of your work.

02-14-2012, 06:16 PM

02-16-2012, 02:02 PM
Thank you, snowybee.

Thanks for the welcome, Chammi, I will certainly be posting more soon.

AllisonR, really enjoyed viewing the work on your website. I see what you mean about your love of texture. Great subject choices!