View Full Version : Something New For Me - 1st Acrylic

Kathryn Wilson
04-28-2010, 05:50 PM
I am usually found over in the Pastel forum, but I've decided to venture into a new medium. I'd tried acrylics a very long time ago, but was never really satisfied with the results.

I really do think that all I've learned about color, comp, etc. since then, I feel more successful with this one.

Anywho, I enjoyed it! Especially the glazing, which I stumbled upon quite by accident. LOL - there are lots of happy accidents in this painting.

18 x 24
gallery wrap canvas

cc always welcome


04-28-2010, 06:01 PM
A winner for sure. Love the contrasts, color, subject, everything.

M Douglas
04-28-2010, 08:26 PM
Beautifully painted Kathryn, wonderful vibrant colors.


Kathryn Wilson
04-28-2010, 08:37 PM
Thanks Lin and Melodie - I'm pretty excited about learning this medium and our words of encouragement mean a lot.

04-28-2010, 08:46 PM
It is beautiful! I love the lights against the dark greens - like the sun is shining through

George Servais
04-28-2010, 09:08 PM
Really, really nice. Has a great feel to it for me. Keep them coming.:thumbsup:

04-28-2010, 09:10 PM
Glad you joined us in acrylics... and welcome.

You have very nice "happy accidents", looks like a summer family outing.

Kathryn Wilson
04-28-2010, 10:09 PM
Thanks Patti, George and Barb! It's nice to be here :)

04-29-2010, 12:06 AM
Gorgeous - love the reflection and the sunshine.

04-29-2010, 01:11 AM
I love the sense of light. Well done.

04-29-2010, 05:12 AM
Love this painting! :) I really like how you've done the water reflections. The entire painting gives me a sense of both a warm day and also the cooling effect of the green, the water and the mountains around. I also like how the sun bounces off the people highlighting their presence while implying a hot sunny day....

Like you, I used to work primarily in OPs(though I was more a lurker in the OP forum than an active poster). I decided to try Acrylics just about a year ago....

04-29-2010, 05:26 AM
Beautifully done. Lovely colours and reflections, and I love the sense of light. I bet you're glad you tried acrylics again!

Looking forward to seeing more paintings.


04-29-2010, 06:13 AM
This is such a beautiful painting. Just love the lighting to bits. :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

04-29-2010, 07:57 AM
This is an awesome painting. Look forward to seeing more:thumbsup:

04-29-2010, 08:21 AM
A really beautiful painting, the lighting is wonderful.

Kathryn Wilson
04-29-2010, 08:45 AM
Gosh, so many nice comments - thanks to all for a warm welcome!!

04-29-2010, 09:58 AM
Ecxellent - well done great job with the highlights.

04-29-2010, 10:39 AM
Looks like you learned VERY well, indeed. This strikes me as one of those late spring days that started out with acool morning and is turning into an ideal, warm afternoon. Happy people, beautiful day, just cheerful and at peace.:clap:

Thanx 4 posting, this pleaseth our eye.

04-29-2010, 11:09 AM
Kathryn, this is beautiful! The colors are beautiful. I was wondring if you would tell us about the colors you used on the bright trees...so much life in this painting and as someone said the viewer knows the children are having a happy day!

It is funny, I use to use acrylics a bit, more decorative painting than fine art, so to speak. anyway I went over to the dusty side and found I just love those color rich dusty sticks. Trying to get away from needing to frame with glass I have ventured back over to acrylics. What I did find out is that without even reazlizing it I learned so much about painting using the pastels. It has made me a much better painter, in every media.

The only little tiny nit-pick I would do if your painting were mine is break up the rather outline look the bright trees have, kind of like we do when trees are against the sky if you will. From where I sit they have a little bit of a pasted on look. I realize this may be different in real life. This is a beautiful painting!


Lady Carol
04-29-2010, 11:39 AM
Beautiful. The reflections are luscious. Welcome to the forum.

04-29-2010, 12:03 PM
Beautiful work!

04-29-2010, 03:29 PM

Kathryn Wilson
04-29-2010, 04:07 PM
Thanks Cadub, Greg, Carol, Lavendar and Melanie!

Pam - you are thinking along the same lines I am - get away from the cost and frustration associated with framing. I love pastels, but I think I am going to like acrylics too - and I realize there are some things each medium will do better than the other.

As to the trees - I know what you mean about that edge on the lit-up trees - it looks harsher here than IRL. Since I have entered this into a show, no change for now.

Charlie's Mum
04-29-2010, 06:17 PM
Hey Kathryn, welcome to our part of the WC world!

I love the crispness of this in reflections and foreground colour set against the hazier background.

Did you use the heavy-body paints or liquids?

Kathryn Wilson
04-29-2010, 06:37 PM
Hey Maureen - so this is where you hange out :)

I used a combination of different paints (and maybe I shouldn't, but how would I know!). Stephen Quiller paints that seem to be heavy in body, Golden Fluid paints and Liquitex Soft Body Hooker's Green, and Liquitex Slo-Dri medium.

Oh, yeah, and I painted the whole canvas with a red/orange first coat.

04-29-2010, 11:17 PM
Kat, I hope you'll do more. Clearly you have a good feel for acrylics. Love the glow you captured in the foliage highlights and reflections.


04-29-2010, 11:38 PM
Love it. realy is beautiful!! Great colors and tones. Love the reflections too!!

04-29-2010, 11:46 PM
Kathryn, I thought that it might look different in real life! I wish you success in the show! Beautiful colors in this piece. Hope to see more!


04-30-2010, 12:06 AM
Wonderful light and beautiful work on the reflections. It's a winner!

04-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Beautifully done! Reminds me of the creek near a cabin that we use a few times a year. Welcome to the world of acrylics and the forum!

04-30-2010, 07:55 PM
Lovely light! I do acrylics till it's warm enough to open the windows, then I dive for my pastels! Asthma directs my choice of medium.

04-30-2010, 08:03 PM
This will win awards!
A sensational use of the Acrylic medium!!!:clap: :thumbsup:

05-01-2010, 12:32 AM
All of the above! You are so talented! :) Nancy

Kathryn Wilson
05-01-2010, 08:35 AM
Gosh, it's hard to keep up with all the comments - so here's a big hug to everyone who's commented -


Charlie's Mum
05-01-2010, 12:24 PM
Lol Kathryn, we're a very friendly forum :D

Do please let us know how you get on with this - and we look forward to more acrylic paintings!

05-01-2010, 01:04 PM
This is so vibrant and full of life. Wonderful sense of depth!

05-01-2010, 02:25 PM
Beautiful light in this painting ... wow !

05-02-2010, 05:33 AM
What a beautiful painting, love the fantastic light you have achieved and the different greens in the painting, gorgeous

Kathryn Wilson
05-02-2010, 06:34 AM
Gayle, Gilberte and Grace - thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the encouragement!

05-05-2010, 02:32 PM
Brilliant and beautiful!!!..the water reflections are dazzling!

05-05-2010, 05:13 PM
Hooray for the happy accidents! :)

Teresa's Treasures
05-05-2010, 08:00 PM
That is beautiful. I have trouble with reflections and you really captured the mood of this painting. I'm inspired to keep working on my reflections.

Kathryn Wilson
05-05-2010, 08:22 PM
Molly, EP - thank you.

Teresa - I started with my lightest yellow and did not touch it with color until the very end when I dry brushed horizontally through the yellow with the dark colors. Hope that helps.

Teresa's Treasures
05-06-2010, 05:57 PM
Kathryn Thank you for the advice I do appreciate it.

05-06-2010, 06:26 PM
As everyone has said the light and reflections in this are stunning - and you're first painting - I'm so envious:wink2: I think you have brought the way you work in pastels to this, and it works, obviously! Maybe the next one you could do a WIP, you would have lots of fans for that I bet:D

Kathryn Wilson
05-06-2010, 06:36 PM
Hi Lexycat - it's funny, just as you posted, I was thinking the same thing -that I used the same method of doing the reflections as I do with my pastels.

I'd feel more comfortable about doing a WIP after I get few more of these under my belt, but thanks for that vote of confidence!

05-06-2010, 11:17 PM
Let There Be Light!!!! Awesome use of color to achieve this effect. Bravo!