Happy Father's Day to all you fathers. I'm not one myself but am heading out to visit mine right after I finish posting. I decided to try acrylics today. I've never had success painting with acrylics outdoors beffore but I decided to try using a Sta-Wet palette this time, an idea I've resisted because of it's bulk but I really want to make a go of painting with acrylics so I tried it. In the studio I use the Sta-Wet without the sponge, the paint always soaks up too much water when I use the sponge so naturally I didn't use the sponge outdoors either....mistake.
I did this first painting from my back porch this morning and it's second in a series I'm doing of this scene, (the first was pastel and at dusk). It was going well until about 1 1/2 hours into it when I realized the palette paper had dried out and now my mixtures were drying out on the palette but I pushed on through and ended up throwing away a brand new sheet of palette paper.
8x10 on panel, acrylics.
I tried to be a little wiser for the second painting and used the sponge this time, especially since it was afternoon now and considerably warmer. It worked better but the palette paper still started to dry out but I was able to keep it wet enough using a sprayer that I didn't ruin the paper this time. This time I painted the view from the side of the house;
8x10 on panel, acrylics
While it was still more hassle overall than painting with oils it was more than bearable, as long as I stayed in the shade! I finally feel like I'm starting to get a feel for using acrylics which have been by far the most difficult medium for me except for watercolor which I've only used for sketching.