Anonymous said: hi there-- your work is fantastic! I normally work with acrylics, but really admire your work in oil. I was wondering how often you use acrylics and about your opinion as to whether or not adding retarder makes for a similar effect to oil paints? I understand that there are some obvious differences, but right now my problem with acrylic paint is that some of my value changes are too sharp because of how quickly the paint dries. Thanks
Yeah, acrylics are problematic in the difference between “live value” and “dead value” after they dry (my terms, not industry terms). I’ve developed a method that allows you to paint directly into gouache with acrylics so that it more closely resembles wet-into-wet oil painting in that your color mixes on your piece, not on your palette. Step 1: Full pencil value drawing. Step 2: Use a light midtone acrylic (I like unbleached titanium white, Liquitex heavy body, diluted with water) to both fix the drawing, and define a midtone value in one step. I apply gouache or watercolor liberally in areas that I want to be warm or cool (generally only two colors that are complimentary, i.e. orange and blue). Step 3: Once the gouache is dry, I paint the same midtone acrylic back into the gouache which turns the color either warm or cool, dependent upon the temperature of the gouache. The acyrlics still dry darker, but they are changing in value and hue in front of you, not off to the side. Step 4: Redefine darks.
Nothing supplants oils, but this is a process I’ve developed over the years that gives me some favorable results. Hoping this helps!
The color version of my artwork for Monstrous Opimism— In Memory of Kerry Talbott. Prints available soon to raise money for Kerry’s family.
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Making art isn’t a monologue, it’s a dialogue between your materials and your intent. Really, it’s more of a scream in your face yelling match, that gets a little too honest sometimes.
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This summer, think of it as a curriculum for your sketchbook.
Legendeer, life is story.
We’ll be covering: Ideation, Intellectual Property Development, and the Shaping of Personal Voice through Adventure and Experience.
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Legendeer CHALLENGE 7: UP
This week, we climb. Now, this is a relative term. Some of you may choose to free solo, others may prefer a flight of steps. The extent to which you climb and the risk, are entirely up to you. Please be safe.
The challenge is presented in two parts. Part 1. You are to observe and document the destination to which you plan to climb from your vantage point below. Part 2. Document that place where you were standing from the vantage point above.
This week’s objective focuses on physicality and goal setting. By documenting that which we intend to climb, and, in turn, document that which we did climb, we have the ability to state our intent through our work, and to document proof of its execution.
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