Sunday, March 8, 2009

Learning Acrylics - Self Portrait on Wood

I've been wanting to start painting with Acrylics for some time. Given my space needs and time constraints Oils just aren't a practical solution, but I haven't touch acrylic paints since my high-school art class and I'm not sure if poster paints count.

So below is a cleaned up doodle, the pose is based loosely on this drawing, and the current state of the painting. Overall I'm happy with the results thus far but man the paint does dry quick and is hard to fix areas once they are dried without getting considerable buildup. Still the quick results and fast sketch to completed painting time is impressive.

The Canvas is actually an up-cycled Whole Foods Catering Tray. Apparently once food is placed in the untreated trays, they can't be used again. So they are broken down and presumably recycled. Our admin staff stows a few away for me though as they make perfect canvases after a light sanding and staining. 

Any thoughts, tricks, techniques, critiques, comments are certainly welcome.
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