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Old 03-17-2017, 02:10 PM
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Morning Field

I'm a watercolor painter. I learned more about acrylics on this painting. I was confused while doing this. They didn't cover as easily as I thought they might. They really don't flow like watercolors. Mixing takes forever.

But! they work good for my style of painting which consists of winging it while confused, and then going over and erasing and editing until I wrestle it into something that my eye can tolerate.

This was supposed to be more of an abstract landscape and then things got real-ish. Not sure what happened there. It was supposed to be simple. Ha.

Using the knife was fun! Can't do impasto with watercolor.

I'm going to focus on acrylics now. They do much of what both watercolors and oils do. Very capable medium.

I hope to contribute more and learn more here on this forum from you wonderful people from around the world.

12 x 18 inches on birch panel. To make it even more confusing I used black gesso to prime the board. Never painted on black before. Learning experience.

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Old 03-17-2017, 02:26 PM
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Re: Morning Field

Welcome to our world John - and to the beauties (and frustrations) of the medium!

Nice sense of light catching the tree tops and field in this - and some low-level mist?

Painting on black is fun too - quite a few use it ....... also try red - that's fun!

We have the monthly challenge thread too - look at the sticky for Different Strokes each month - do join us, enjoyment is guaranteed!
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:07 PM
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Re: Morning Field

Well it certainly looks as though you've taken to acrylics very well. I love it when a painting takes on a life of its own. I love the feel of this with the sun low in the sky. Very nice work!
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:00 PM
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Re: Morning Field

I really like this. It seems to glow, and I like the subtle gradations of color--and the variation in textures. I also very much relate to your reason for using acrylics as I too like to wing it, to work intuitively, and to be able to make drastic changes at any moment!
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:18 PM
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Re: Morning Field

Looks great to me.

After you get a little more comfortable with the acrylics, you'll find your abstract-ish grove. =)
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Re: Morning Field

I like this a lot, John. It conveys a sense of a real place, that has captured the eye of an artist.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:25 AM
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Re: Morning Field

That's lovely!
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:43 AM
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Re: Morning Field

Very high level of realism
A lot in a small pic
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:17 PM
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Re: Morning Field

Maureen, thanks for the welcome. And the monthly challenge sounds like a fun way to learn new things. Thanks. And yes it's supposed to be mist/ground fog. It was nice being able to lay that on without worrying about lifting the underpainting. That was a last minute idea and I think it really helped make the painting. I was surprised. Fun stuff.

Gayle, mopar, Colin, Michelle, Karen...... thanks guys, glad you like it. You know, sometimes we get so close to the painting that we can't see it anymore, so always good to hear that others, especially artists, like it.

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