View Full Version : M.Graham/acrylics/verdict

04-27-2009, 04:43 PM
I mentioned in another thread that I would try out M.Graham acrylics. They are just what I wanted. They don't dry too fast...or too slow. This is my example: "PATH". 24x36 canvas. I first did an under painting in values of umber.
critiques are welcome. Derek

Kathrin G.
04-27-2009, 05:00 PM
WOW, now this is stunning :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
thought I was looking at the ref first :eek: fantastic light in this, I love it :clap:

04-27-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks, Kath, so much, Derek

04-27-2009, 05:23 PM
Holy C__, I mean cow!! I know we are not supposed to say it looks like a photo, because that takes away from your skill...but I had to look twice to realize there was not gonna be a ref photo with it!!!

Derek this is awesome!! I wish I could see it in real life!!! Hubby is from NJ originally....maybe one day I can hitch a ride on the big truck...this is worth seeing!

04-27-2009, 05:25 PM
That light is indeed gorgeous. I also love the intensity of the tree trunk on the right, and the detail on the ground to the left of the path. Wow indeed.

About the m.graham acrylics, just how long DO they take to dry? I think for the way I work, it would be best if they would stay completely workable for an hour or two, and be completely dry and ready to varnish after 24 hours or less. I usually paint a couple hours each afternoon, and I could just work it to my little hearts content today, and have it be dry tomorrow for another session.

04-27-2009, 05:26 PM
Susme: Hi this will be in a show in Newton NJ next month....and thanks so much. Derek
Oh and thanks Dan...they stay wet for about 20 minutes to half an hour on the canvas if thick, a little less for medium density. On the palette, longer, but I keep a damp palette, so I'm not sure. Derek

04-27-2009, 05:28 PM
Stunning... just absolutely stunning.. excellent work, and thanks for sharing!

I only have two critiques... First, the smaller rocks on the right hand side look... odd. Almost cartoonish... they just seem different than the rest of the rocks, almost like they're outlined...

The second critique is that this isn't hanging in my house. :D

04-27-2009, 05:30 PM
Kat: I agree and the photo, which I had a hard time with, enhanced the look of those rocks....this will be an area for touch-up. thanks. derek

04-27-2009, 05:50 PM
Sun dappled path leading into the scene toward something interesting. I suspect a lake is just around the corner a ways. Very nice.

04-27-2009, 06:35 PM
Do tell us the drying time--don't let that question get lost!

04-27-2009, 06:38 PM
Great lighting and terrific shadows. Completely WOW!

04-27-2009, 06:53 PM
Wow, stunning :)

04-27-2009, 07:29 PM
Thanks all....Sumabo are you joking, or did you not read my comment on drying?...and thanks for your critique. Derek

04-27-2009, 07:43 PM
Nope didn't see it. Thanks for setting me straight, though--it was much appreciated.

Rick G
04-27-2009, 08:56 PM

I love the painting and I'm glad that the M Graham acrylics are to your liking. They're made here in my neck of the woods (Oregon) and from what I understand from talking with other artists and art supply companies, the owners are good people.

04-27-2009, 09:27 PM
Great painting - I'd say your painting is a big boost for Graham Acrylics! Now everyone will want to see if they have as good luck with them as you did. Personally, I like the composition and the light very much... no matter what brand of paint you use!:lol:

04-27-2009, 09:32 PM
I'm a newbie to this forum but as for the "PATH":
I'm wondering if I could paint that with the new Golden Open Acrylics. LOL

It is a great painting!

04-27-2009, 09:39 PM
Sumabokemo: I thank you for stopping in. Derek: Aires and Trapper too.

04-27-2009, 09:43 PM
Derek, Mighty fine painting!

04-28-2009, 09:07 AM
Steven: Thanks very much. Derek

Charlie's Mum
04-28-2009, 11:56 AM
Superb cool light coming through the greenery and lighting the way! Really like this painting Derek - very nice!

04-28-2009, 11:58 AM
Wonderful!!!!!! Your details are simply awesome!!

Makes me REALLY want to haul my camping gear out of the closet & hit the woods! Well, I've already been aching to.....but now its a throbbing pain! :lol:

Those rocks don't bother me that much...I just read them as being in deeper shadow from the foliage overhead.

04-28-2009, 12:43 PM
you don't need a critique - you need a SHOW!

04-28-2009, 01:40 PM
Mum,Dee, Sketchpad, Thanks so much. Funny thing....this WILL be in a show in about 2 weeks. Cheers, Derek

04-28-2009, 07:54 PM
Wonderful painting!

04-28-2009, 08:31 PM
This is a wonderful painting.:clap:

Aren't the Graham wonderful. They are the only brand I use now.

04-28-2009, 08:45 PM
WOW This is magnificent!! The lighting is so wonderful, I actualy thought this was the ref photo.. so so realistic.. what a wonderful job you did on this. I'm still in awe.!!!!!

04-28-2009, 09:56 PM
THis is really outstanding! Makes me want to try those. I haven't read all the other posts. Would you describe the M Grahams as weighty and opaque or thinner and transparent? Beautiful landscape!

04-28-2009, 10:07 PM
Derek - love the perspective. I'm looking up the path - really invites you in. Great shadows too. Love the painting.

04-28-2009, 10:25 PM

I just saw this thread and the first thing I thought also was that you had posted the reference photo to start the thread! Unbelievable realism!!

Have you been able to attain this level of quality with other acrylics or is M. Graham enhancing your existing talents?

I am so impressed! Just had to write in!!


04-29-2009, 09:13 AM
thanks Theo, so much.
nanci, nice of you to stop in.
Matt: thanks, the paints are not heavy bodied, but very intense in color.
Dev, I agree
Theo, I am not sure if they have enhanced my work, but they help me slow down a little ...lol, Derek

04-29-2009, 12:38 PM
Well, slow really agrees with you!! Would love to see more of your work. Happy painting!


04-29-2009, 01:04 PM
Thanks Theo....I have a few early posts, fairly recent, in acrylics and landscapes. Cheers, derek

04-30-2009, 07:45 PM
I remember seeing one of your paintings here not long ago and was so impressed, I thought I would pop back over from watercolours again and see if you had done another! Well you have - and it's every bit as good! Stunning! I would die happy if I could paint half as well as you! :clap: :clap: :clap:

06-18-2009, 10:11 AM
A beautiful painting and well done Derek! I found it by checking specifically for Graham paints. Thanks for the info, I only wish they were heavy bodied so they would hold up firm on a wet pallet.

06-18-2009, 01:12 PM
I'd get rid of all of my other brands and buy M. Graham exclusively if they would cause me to be able to paint like Derek! But sadly I suspect that the ratio behind great painters is something like 95% talent/experience to 5% materials!


06-18-2009, 04:26 PM
you don't need a critique - you need a SHOW!
I second the motion! It's beautiful.:thumbsup: