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03-12-2015, 08:57 AM
I have just worked this one this morning and will have to go out soon so that's it for now. However I need some guidance with acrylics to get a completely smooth dense colour with in this instance the sky. It's too streaky. I have some decorators brushes which are too coarse, maybe it's better qualtity of those.

38 x 24cm on paper for acrylics.


03-12-2015, 09:53 AM
Derek, first of all this is an amazing painting the way it is right now.

That said, I have had pretty good luck with this procedure.

1. Estimate how much color I'm going to need, then multiply by 1.5 and mix that much.
2. Add gloss medium to improve the flow, assuming you start with heavy body paint. I aim for something the consistency of thick house paint.
3. Use a wide artist's brush. Overlap strokes and work it wet.

Obviously I don't know your vision for this painting but I'm blown away by what I see right here.

Charlie's Mum
03-12-2015, 11:29 AM
As you've already painted the mountain, mask it off and paint the sky with horizontal strokes tight across, keeping it damp all the time so the strokes will blend - like a w/colour wash, but with thicker paint as you'll need to cover what's there!:)

03-12-2015, 03:15 PM
Another good tip is to apply your chosen medium (Gloss, Clear Painting, etc) onto the paper and paint into the medium. Keep a mist bottle handy and spray paint as needed. Your painting isn't too big so a combination of the approaches posted should do the trick!

03-13-2015, 12:12 AM
Wipe you sky with a damp paper towel while paint is still fresh.
Great for blending without brush strokes.

03-13-2015, 06:33 AM
Looks good, Derek. Another technique to smooth out brushstrokes is to mix up flow release with water per label instructions, and then add that mixture to the paint.

03-13-2015, 07:05 AM
Thanks Cliff, Maureen, Jennifer and Eric, will try this weekend. Also aim to get a better photo that one is rubbish, camera shake due to hands probably.

03-13-2015, 07:07 AM
Thanks David, lots of advice here as expected, smashing place.

03-13-2015, 07:13 AM
I use either W&N Galleria or DR System 3. Are these heavy body? I guess not.

03-13-2015, 10:03 AM
Don't know about the DR. It seems to me the Galeria I've used is pretty close to, for example, Liquitex heavy body.

03-13-2015, 11:08 AM
I use the techniques taught by Jerry Yarnell and find they work well for me.

Generally, the brush strokes will begin to appear as the paint starts to dry and you begin to overwork it.

To stop this, use a mister bottle and spray the painting as you're still blending in the sky to keep the paint hydrated. Spay lightly and work the entire painting.

I like to use a 2" hog hair hake brush for sky work and horizon, and let it dry before I move on. I'll use a #6 filbert for clouds.

Each person has to find what works for themselves.

Another thing I would advise is to move over to stretched canvas.

I started with paper and a friend told me to move over to canvas. Once I did, I never looked back.

I've done paintings on masonite as well, which came out nice, but I still prefer the blending that canvas provides.

In all, keep up the good work your on the right track.


03-13-2015, 01:13 PM
Thanks Jim, I have and have used canvas, but I only have large in stock, so am using the paper at the moment, if the boards are all gone

03-14-2015, 07:59 PM
Also, sponge brushes do not leave marks and are great for blending. I would thin the paint, glaze over as many times as necessary. let dry between coats.

03-15-2015, 05:30 AM
Thankyou Eric, it will be tomorrow now when I can get to it.

03-16-2015, 10:42 AM
Having acquried the Gloss medium, tried it today and got this result.

Much better, but not sure. Hopefully a better photo.


03-16-2015, 10:49 AM
That looks good.

03-16-2015, 11:39 AM
Thanks David

03-16-2015, 12:19 PM
I like it. It is a stronger painting this way.

03-16-2015, 02:01 PM
Thanks Cliff, yes I like it too.

It is Corfe Castle in Dorset.

03-16-2015, 05:52 PM
Another option is to go for open acrylics or a retarding medium for your paint. Put the sky in before the detail so you can keep the flow by not painting around your subject. The mountains are pretty cool though!

03-16-2015, 09:55 PM
Strong contrast, I like it. Brings that mountain up front. Looks good.

03-17-2015, 06:46 AM
Thanks D'Arcy and Eric

Keith Mayberry
03-18-2015, 12:02 AM
I like your changes. Really makes the mountains stand out. Great improvement and I like the painting.

Keith from Colorado

03-18-2015, 06:14 AM
Thank you Keith