When I think of 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 … Continue reading How to make acrylic paint look like enamel
Nancy’s Painting Blog
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 Acrylic Painting Technique – Wet in Wet Gel
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. Nancy Reyner, painter, author and instructor offers assistance to artists in a variety of ways. Click here for more … Continue reading Boston Globe Review – critics pics
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 Our Left and Right Brain Sides
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 Painting: Composition and Underlying Shapes
Glazing is a gem in the realm of painting techniques. Used throughout painting history,glazing is still popular today for styles from realism to abstraction and most mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Here are my favorite tips on when and how to use it. What is a glaze? The usual definition of a glaze is … Continue reading What is a Painting Glaze?
A painter’s “toolkit” consists of many materials and tools as well as techniques. Pouring acrylic directly onto a painting surface is one technique that has recently taken off into stardom as the newest hottest painting trick for abstraction. A search online for “acrylic pouring” will deliver thousands of blog articles and videos from artists sharing … Continue reading Acrylic Pouring – the Hottest Craze for Painters
Ever been to a museum or art gallery and can’t figure out why a painting is on exhibit? It may not look finished, make sense, feel attractive, or give any idea of its meaning. I recently received an email from a New York City artist asking for help in understanding a painting by the surrealist … Continue reading Why is Art So Confusing?