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Old 03-04-2012, 04:33 PM
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1st acrylic - Palm Trees

This is the first acrylic I have ever done. I'm used to doing watercolors and want some feedback please. The canvas is 11 x 14 and I used basic Liquitex colors. I got the picture out of the reference library. Please give me your C & C's please. Thanks. Bonnie
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Great painting for your first acrylic!!
Dont be afraid of mixing colors and adding colors ontop of others
which you couldn't do with watercolors.
It takes a bit of getting used to acrylics
as you can layer upon layer of paint to get the blend and tones you want.
Dark darks and brighter highlights give it a more 3D look.
Great sky!
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Nice job of it!
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Kathi and Gayle, Thank you so much for posting. That blue in the picture actually wasn't in the painting. It is really a strong color as far as the orange and yellows. I'm not sure whether I should keep trying with acrylic or watercolors. I like how you can blend the acrylic on the canvas but I need to read up more on the subject. I put it on my FB page and I didn't get but one comment so I thought it was really ready for the trash - lol! Bonnie
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Oh I like this - you should do more!

As you'll already have all the other ingredients needed for painting, it's only the different medium you'll need to experiment with!
I love these colours, they're exciting - so is the circular composition.

Because they're so forgiving, acrylics allow you to go on and on adding and 'refining' - but you can also lose freshness and spontaneity like that ..... and I wouldn't like to see that happen here!
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Oh Maureen, thanks so much for your commenst. I actually liked the painting and thought it came out well considering I had never done acrylics before. I think really detailed work would be kinda hard for me. Maybe I will just have to work with the medium more. Thanks so much for your comments. It gives me hope - lol - Bonnie
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

love the colors!
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

I think this is terrific particularly for a first acrylic. Love the glowing sky and the movement in the branches. I am sure you are going to really enjoy acrylics. I did watercolours for years and now am totally hooked on acrylics.
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Thank you Chammi and Colleen. I started on a new acrylic last night of an ocean at night. I feel like I use alot of paint in acrylics though - do you all feel the same? Watercolors seem to go much further.
I can't wait to use a fixative on the painting and hang it. What's the best thing to spray it with? Also, is it better to sign your name on a canvas or should you paint it on? Thanks for all your comments. Bonnie
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Bonnie - no need to fix if you don't want to -

If on paper, mount (matt) and frame behind glass

On canvas, use an isolation coat of medium (gloss or matt) whichever you prefer and then if you wish use an acrylic varnish - again, matt, gloss or satin.

On board - if behind glass, use spacers to keep the surface off the glass,
or, frame without glass and treat as canvas.

Sign either front or back - it's a personal thing!
I like my sig to be non-imposing! Often sign on the back too.
On the front, before you varnish.

Use either a fine brush (difficult) or a pen and acrylic ink (my choice).
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Great colours, and PLEASE do not give up, I would love to see more of your work.

Everyone here seems to be kind and helpful, so do not be afraid to ask anything and remember that we all started out as a beginner in acrylics at some point, so don't worry!
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Re: 1st acrylic - Palm Trees

Thanks Karen, I'm working on a wave painting now and will post when finished. Thank you for stopping by to comment.

Pawn, I also thank you for stopping by and posting.

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Charming and lifts the spirit. Good Job
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