Work in progress – acrylic painting

Remember the acrylic study? Well, I attemped one painting, didn’t like the composition, so this is attempt #2. Still loving the Golden Open Acrylics and I use a lot of the Open Gel Medium and Open Thinner (rather than water, which just speeds up the drying).

Anyways, this still needs some tweaking, but this is the first layer. The current plan is for this to be one panel of a diptych. I’ve done a test for the second panel, which will consist of silk, thread, and maybe some other goodies. Hopefully, I’ll get to it within a week or two.

The meaning has developed as I’ve worked on it, but I’ll keep that under wraps until it’s closer to completion.

acrylic interpretation of celosia

Been working a lot this week on the silk yoyo piece, felting many a tendril, and the threaded vessel, stitching and beading. Definitely an update on that one soon! I’m really happy with how it’s coming along.

Study in acrylic


Sketch in acrylic - interpretation of celosia, aka. coxcomb

Haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d post a little acrylic sketch I did last night. I think it’s a little fuzzy being taken from my phone, but I still like it. I’m starting to work on pieces for my show in April at the Lyric Opera House, so this was a study for a small piece I hope to start this weekend. It’s in acrylic rather than my usual colored pencil. Though I usually meticulously plan things out and don’t really like to paint, it was really satisfying.

I’m using Golden Open Acrylics, a newish product with a very long working time in comparison to traditional acrylics. I got a free CD from Golden through American Artist’s Artist Daily newsletter and was easily swayed. Solves what I didn’t like about acrylics without having to work with smelly oil paints that require solvents (I’m not knocking the value of oils as a medium, but it’s just not for me). It’s really versatile stuff. In fact, I need to buy an off-white color today. The finished piece will hopefully be a diptych, with a second panel of embellished & stitched silk. The titanium white here just doesn’t mesh with the natural white of silk.