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05-22-2006, 11:55 AM

Hi everyone. I'm a pastellist and I'm trying a new medium for me, which is
fluid acrylics. I wanted to start doing abstracts. My daughter is an underwater photographer in her spare time. She brought back some really
beautiful pictures. I felt fluid acrylics could be used. So here is my first
underwater painting. C &C please. This was a very large lobster but I feel
his tail is too long. let me know. this lobster is known as a spotted
spinney tail or Spanish Lobster. this was taken in Roatan - Honduras

thanks for looking.


Charlie's Mum
05-22-2006, 02:05 PM
Can't comment on his anatomy - I'll take your word for it!!!!
However, the colours are beautiful - and that green light is magical.
Welcome to acrylics - hope you stay!
Super painting!

05-22-2006, 02:13 PM
Truly beautiful work!!:clap: :thumbsup:

05-22-2006, 02:36 PM
Charlie's Mum and Bertoni: Thanks for looking. I have gone back into it
and shortened his body. I'll take another photo and post in a while. I guess
this would be a WIP since I keep changing or tweaking a few things.

Unfortunately I can't post the original pic because she took it with too many
mega bits or K bites or whatever it is and I can't reduce it. but I think
I finaly have it. This is done on watercolor paper a full sheet.

Thanks for looking.


05-22-2006, 06:03 PM
Beautiful....well done :thumbsup: :clap: :clap:

05-22-2006, 07:44 PM

Hi again: I have redone the tail and some of the body and finished putting
the spots on him. I feel better with the body shorter. Please C & C, it always helps. and thanks for looking.


05-22-2006, 08:38 PM
Wow! I thought it was a photograph! It's so beautiful! Great work.

05-22-2006, 09:29 PM
Thank you Carrie and Nancy for your kind remarks.


Diane Cutter
05-22-2006, 09:47 PM
Well, he definitely looks like our Caribbean lobsters down here in Puerto Rico... without the famous claws of the Maine lobsters. It looks pretty well done to me...


05-22-2006, 11:04 PM

Hi again: I have redone the tail and some of the body and finished putting
the spots on him. I feel better with the body shorter. Please C & C, it always helps. and thanks for looking.


He pops now, looks great. I love the colours too.

chammi kaiser
05-23-2006, 04:20 AM
A beautiful painting with magical colours. I love that light greeny blue surrounding the lobster. There are also terrific textures. Great job. Chammi.

05-23-2006, 01:48 PM
Its hard to believe your a beginner! Fantasic underwater scene

05-23-2006, 05:00 PM
Thank you Tanne and Diane. I noticed there were no claws and know the
fish are different in each place my daughter dives. Her Pics are wonderful and I can't help but try to paint them.
Chammi thanks for looking I'm glad you like it. I'm finding acrylic's
very challenging.

Dreamz - This is my first successful fluid acrylic. I am a pastel artist and have done oils. But I am trying to get into abstracts and a friend of mine
is teaching me fluid acrylics where you pour them on the paper and then
move them around. I just happened to have a background that worked for
these underwater paintings that I would like to do. My intention was/is to
pastel over them but have changed my mind on this one. I'll have to see how the others go. To be honest here, I'm not crazy about working with acrylic they dry faster then I can work with and I lose the color I mix so every color I pick up is different so that makes it really hard for me to correct a spot. I don't know if thats a plus or minus. Also they are all transparent like a staining paint. There is so much to learn about them. I'm
checking WC to find all the info I can but I don't really see much on fluid acrylics. They do respond differently then the others. So the point of this
was I'm new to Acrylics and this is my first but I'm in the Pastel forum also
and I'm trying silk painting which is really fun to do.

thanks for looking I'm pleased you like him/her.


05-23-2006, 08:13 PM
I love this. don't touch it. It's perfect right now. It is totally cool, awesome, beautiful, ect. ect.

05-24-2006, 11:48 PM
The colour changes definitely gave the lobster more life in the painting. LOVELY work, Leirrem! :clap: Sorry, I can't advise you too much with fluid acrylics as I work with the creamier, tube acrylics. If it's of any use, I have recently used the Atelier Interactive range (tube acrylics) and they are great for gaining more open time.

Shane Keene
05-25-2006, 02:25 AM
Hi Merriel.

I've seen (and admired) your work in the pastel forum and I think that your talent has translated to acrylic admirably. This is a gorgeous painting and the colors absolutely glow.

As far as working with fluid acrylics goes, I can give you some small amount of advice. Most of the tips you find on WC pertaining to heavy body acrylics will apply to the fluid acrylics as well because it is the same medium in a thinned down version. The only real exceptions are going to be when someone is describing an impasto technique. Also, there are a number of techniques you can use to increase open time (the amount of time it takes to dry) with acrylics. You can mix them with water or glazing medium and this will slow the drying time slightly. You can wet your canvas before you apply paint (similar to watercolor) and you can also periodically spritz your painting with water from a spray bottle to increase drying time (although this last method is slightly dangerous with fluid acrylic as it can cause your paint to run if you're not careful). There are also several mediums you can purchase that will increase the open time, a few of these being: retarder; glazing medium (only slightly increase open time); flow improver.

Anyway, pardon the long chain-of-thought ramble but I thought it might help.

05-25-2006, 06:13 PM
Serenty thank you, I really appreciate your suggestions and help with
acrylics. I've worked with oils quite abit but have paid little attention to
acrylics until now.

Somethingwicked - Shane, thanks for looking and sharing your knowlege
also. I will be going to the art store tomorrow and see if the glazing medium will work. I frequently spray the paper because it really creats the under water affect I need for the background. Not so much the fish. In fact
not at all on the one I just posted which is a rock fish. I'll also look into a
retarder. The fluid acrylics are so much fun for abstracts, (LOL) I haven't
had one I like yet except one I pastelled over, which was/is my intention
with the fish, but will keep trying. Thanks again for everyones help and
advice I'm getting. and I love to hear "chain - of - thoughts" on painting


05-25-2006, 11:27 PM

Your work certainly doesn't look like a beginner's. It is absolutely gorgeous!! You did an awesome job!

05-27-2006, 06:26 PM
Thank you amber. I'm new to Acrylics, but I do pastel and oils. thanks for