Monday, January 13, 2020

Classes - Week 1


Detail - WIP / acrylic

The new online classes have been fun.
I like bits & pieces of each of the paintings I've done, 
but none of them hold together as a whole yet -
part of the learning experience:)

So far, the classes have included a messy mandala,
a painting with a creepy face,
and a couple of acrylic portraits.


I'm new to acrylics.
The beauty of them is that they dry very quickly so you can fix mistakes.
The downside is that they dry very quickly so your paint piles get goopy.
An acrylic paint extender would probably solve that problem.

Over the past few years, I've picked up a load of acrylic paint at yard sales
 so there's lots to practice with.
Once I get the hang of it, 
I'll be switching from loose canvas to cradled birch panels.

The classes are posted on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Scheduled for this week, so far: 
a whimsical drawing lesson from artist Angela Kennedy.
See Angela's work here
if you're interested.


49 comments:

  1. It amazes me that eyes can be made with acrylic paint!

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    1. Acrylic paint is very forgiving. I can see the appeal:)

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  2. Your paintings look wonderful. I look forward seeing more.
    I think Angela's girls are not too whimsical. Lovely faces.

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    1. Thank you, Sirkkis.
      I like Angela's girls, too. They are so cute:)

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  3. great job at first week dear Chris !

    i found such form of art really amazing ,i bet you gonna Rock through this one either :)))
    Angela's work is magnificently Impressive ,her faces spoke to me really ,just beau dear beautiful !
    i am excited to see your latest art by this new way dear friend ,Best of luck for each brush you pick and for each stork you paint:)
    hugs!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much! I'll take that hug and give one back:)
      Yes, Angela's work is awesome. I've scrolled down her ETSY shop and was really impressed at her creativity and skill. She's a great teacher, too. Hope to do a big batch of these.

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  4. I've enjoyed seeing your acrylic pieces Chris.
    You can make magic with eyes in any medium!
    I too enjoy the quick drying of acrylics :D) xx oh, and thanks for the link!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I'm looking forward to you dusting off your magic brush:)

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  5. Very well Chris, you have defined both the advantages and disadvantages of acrylics, I particularly like them, they are there between watercolors and oils and I like to paint from time to time.
    Greetings.

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    1. Yes, such a difference between watercolors and oils, but both are so appealing. I'm beginning to like acrylics and believe that many of the upcoming lessons will include them.

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  6. I hope to see more of your paintings in time. I find them cheerful, albeit I am envious of your talents.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor, for your lovely comment. You are a published author. I confess I am envious of your talents:)

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  7. I really love those pieces, very unique and pretty☺ I think that it is wonderful that you can use different techniques and you always end up with something so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Natalia. I am a perpetual student:)

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  8. I like them already, Chris! I'm glad you're having fun! I agree with you about acrylics. I've never heard of cradled birch panels, so I'm going to Google them. Keep on having fun!

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    1. Thank you, Candy! I love the cradled panels & have a couple of projects started on them (hope to show something on them soon). I am saving most of them for later in the year when portraits are more comfortable to paint. They are good for just about anything.

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  9. Chris your eyes and faces are lovely. I have never managed to work with acrylics successfully. I know they are suppose to be more flexible than watercolors. So glad you are sharing your art with us. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I like the acrylics because, unlike watercolors, you can fix your mistakes:)
      Hugs back!

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  10. Your eyes are gorgeous! I also find it hard to paint with acrylics - I have such an extender, a retarder for acrylics, but it does not do what I want - the acrylics never can smooth like oil colors, I think so.
    But you made a great job without retarder!

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    1. Thank you, Rike. One of the teachers mentioned that she thins her acrylic paint with clear (not white) gesso. I am going to try that & will let you know:)

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    2. That's interesting! But I think the clear gesso drys as soon as the acrylics do?

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  11. Love your work-the eyes are lovely.
    I have used acrylics for years. I went from oils to them because of the smell. There is definitely a down side to acrylics, but I do like that they can be thinned for watery effects as well as applied impasto-style. I like Golden's matte acrylics the best. I also use cradled birch and really love it as a support.

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    1. Thank you, Debra. And thanks for that information. There is hope:)

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  12. Muy bueno si puedes corregir errores. Y eso que tus ojos siempre son espectaculares.
    Buqué a Angela en internet :

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=angela+kennedy+artist

    Me gusta lo que hace.
    Buena noche Chris.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Laura. Y gracias por el enlace con más imágenes hermosas de Angela:) Un gran abrazo para ti!!!

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  13. Beautiful eyes and eyelids.
    Have a lovely day, Chris.

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  14. Todo tiene sus ventajas y contras, me gusta tambín el acrilico. Los trabajos de Angela, también son preciosos , he tomado referéncia.
    Buena semana , Chris ;)

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    1. No hay un medio perfecto en el mundo del arte. Tienes razón - ofrecen tanto a su manera :)
      Sí, las obras de Angela son únicas y hermosas. También es una maestra maravillosa.
      Gracias, Artur :)

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  15. I am quite sure that it will not take long and you will become a master with acrylics, as with all the things you do!
    love Ulrike

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Ulrike. Big hug to you!

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  16. Your work is always beautiful! and good to know that acrylic paint is so forgiving.

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  17. I haven't had much experience working in acrylics, but you seem to be doing well. Learning any new medium takes a while, but I'm sure you will master this too. Thanks for your supportive comments and prayers!

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    1. Thank you, Joan.
      I will keep you and Jerry in my prayers:)

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  18. Long time ago I've made some experiences with acrylics, now I know I'm more a watercolor girl. But maybe your endless creativity inspires me again, Chris. Your start is truly impressive.

    I've started the year with a huge cold, but slowly slowly I'm back on my feet.

    Nevertheless huge hugs for you, dear friend.

    isabella

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    1. Oh, no - a cold. So glad you're starting to feel better:) Hope you are 100% very soon!
      And thank you so much for your lovely comment, Isabella!

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  19. Gorgeous eys ,really love this closeup . I have tried acrylics a few times, but I always go back to oil because I like the unctuousness . Looking forward to see your next masterpiece .

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane. I am out of my comfort zone with these classes, but that is what I have been looking for...

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  20. beautiful eyes....
    thank you to let us know about acrylic paint....

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  21. yes def get some extender, you can get all kinds of mediums to mix with acrylics, some more expensive then others lol

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  22. I have worked with acrylics only once and yes they dry out real fast. These look Lovely!

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