Canvas or wood? This can be a tough choice for some artists. These two are the most commonly used materials, yet now there are even more choices such as plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, leather, paper, vinyl and cardboard. Let’s start with the pros and cons of canvas and wood. Canvas comes in cotton duct or … Continue reading Painting Surfaces – What Works Best!
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When I see the word “enamel” a vision comes to mind of a beautifully smooth brushless glossy surface. The word is now commonly used for a variety of paint types, and I’ll avoid getting too technical here, (as I’d rather focus on the point of this article, which is how to customize fine art acrylic … Continue reading How to make acrylic paint look like enamel
Nancy Reyner’s book, Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques, demonstrates many unusual painting techniques using acrylic. Click on the link below to see one of these techniques demonstrated in a video, called Embedded Pearlized Color. This technique uses specialty paints called Interference paints, along with layers of acrylic gloss gel to create a … Continue reading Video Demonstration from Acrylic Illuminations
Here is an example of “Soft Melted Effects”, from Nancy Reyner’s book, Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques. This technique can transform hard edges into soft by embedding them texturally into a wet gel layer. Soft edges make blurred forms, offering the illusion of receding forms in space. This can enhance any style, whether … Continue reading Unusual Technique from Acrylic Illuminations
Critics review of painting exhibition. Paintings by Nancy Reyner. Exhibition Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA. To view more paintings from Nancy Reyner click here. To view more paintings from Nancy Reyner click here.
The popular book A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, exemplifies a new movement towards rebalancing our left and right brain hemispheres. He postures that the high paying executive jobs now filled with left-brain information types will be replaced by the new desirables – the “creatives”, who are more in tune with their right … Continue reading A Whole New “it” Brain
What’s a skin? It’s a separate piece of acrylic without any backing or support. Any acrylic product when applied to a non-stick surface and left to dry, can be peeled off producing a piece of acrylic with no backing. This piece of acrylic, or “skin” can be used as a collage item in a painting, … Continue reading Painting Ideas with Acrylic “Skins”
A previous blog article I wrote on the “S” curve stimulated some email questions on how to see subtle underlying shapes, such as the classic “S” curve in paintings. Negative space, (or the illusion of space perceived in between forms) is perceived via our lesser used right brain hemisphere, while shapes or defined forms are … Continue reading Viewing Paintings
Even though I’ve written several articles on glazing I came to realize that “glazing” is often misunderstood and could use some defining. So, what is a glaze? The most common answer is that a glaze is transparent. Well, that may be true, but that is only one part of the answer. My definition of a … Continue reading What’s a Glaze?
How do you get that cool effect? Contemporary paintings are notorious for sporting a wide variety of special effects, especially when the imagery is abstract. Most of these effects, I have found, are obtained by pouring. Pouring is a simple concept. It’s a way of applying paint without using brushes, knives or other application tools. … Continue reading Secret Tricks to Pouring Acrylic