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linley.plester

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on: February 12, 2018, 07:28:08 PM
 I decided that it was time this painting had a topic of it's own, since Val set up her challenge. The deal is that she will do the Strawberries in pastel, if I do them in acrylic .... no, no pictures yet.The strawberry lesson is listed as “An Introduction to Acrylics” and doesn’t turn up if you just write in Strawberries in the search space. It is also the very last lesson listed on the acrylics lessons page, so it’s hard to find. I think there is another Strawberry lesson for oils.
 I've been struggling a bit, both with my health, and the heat, but the weather is at last cooling. Hot weather makes acrylics dry very quickly, even the Atelier brand. It hasn't helped that, in order to not drip sweat on the painting  :sweat: I've been painting under a ceiling fan, but that made the paint glug up even faster  ::). Following Nolan's instructions, I sprayed every time the paint felt tacky. Between that and dipping my brush in water from time to time I ended up with very thin paint. I left it 24 hours but when I tried to add another layer of paint, the thin original layer peeled back in large  thin ridges leaving bare canvas patches :o and the original thin colour reactivated, smeared and blurred. The problem is too much water diluting the acrylic binder. Out came the hair dryer. I then tentatively painted on a thicker coat since the weather was cooler. Allowed to dry under the fan which, this time, was not switched on until I had finished painting. Yesterday I painted over it with a binder medium and I’ve let that dry for 24 hours. Hope to get back to it today.
On Sunday I met an experienced acrylic artist, Pauline Johnson, who confirmed my suspicions that it was the hot weather that makes the acrylics dry so rapidly.  She moved from Queensland (the Tropics) and was amazed to find that acrylics seem to do faster in  temperate Tasmania! (Must be something to do with less humidity?) She also uses Atelier but instead of using water to thin the paints she uses a mixture of retarder, unlocking formula and either clear painting medium or slow medium which she mixes together in a bottle and mixes with her paint in order to avoid my problem of diluting the binder. I don't have the exact proportions yet but she has promised to send them to me. Neither I do have all these mediums yet, so at the moment I'm only painting in acrylics on cooler days. I'll report on their effectiveness after I've done some experiments some time down the track. in the meantime, I hope Val's pastels are causing less trouble. :painting:


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Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 04:25:09 AM
Linley, thanks for the information on the acrylic paints and what you are finding with them.  I am currently in snowy conditions and I find that the acrylic paints dry so very fast too so I don't think it is just in the heat although that would probably be the case here too in the Summer.  However, I have retarder and shall try adding some to the paints when next I try the acrylics. Perhaps I am just used to watercolours. Anyway, it was very interesting reading. Thanks.


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Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 01:26:40 PM
Good going to start a new thread Linley.  O0   I downloaded Nolan's strawberry photo the other day. We have had so many squalls and fronts coming through it's really become most annoying.  :tickedoff:   I went digging for some larger paper and think I've got a good size to work on. I wanted to do it on sanded paper, but I think it best to do a test run first to find the right colours. I'm going to very lightly rub the back of the paper with sandpaper to give it a bit better surface.... hopefully.  ::)

We've had four really good blasts go through so far today with winds to 40 knots! Right now winds down in the lower 20's, still too bouncy to work on the drawing. I must say not having a working printer will take me longer.... but I'm sure my freehanding skills are improving somewhat.  ;)
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Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 01:43:06 PM
I suddenly remembered last night that I had not gessoed my canvas board before starting the painting of the strawberries. That would alter the tooth of the surface and further aggravate any adherence problems! I know a lot of people avoid canvas panels like poison, but previously I've always religiously gessoed and not had a problem. They are supposed to be pre-primed but the raw surface on this one in particular seemed rather slick. :whistle: I also found that not having a background was really disturbing me and making me reluctant to continue painting, so I painted in a glossy black one and now I'm much more interested in the subject!  :2funny:


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Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 01:48:49 PM
 :2funny: I go one of two ways, I either leave out the background (bit of a fear thing there), or go totally overboard and Oy! What a mess!!! We shall have to form a club for the "Seriously Background Challenged! Patricia may be interested in that one as well!  :2funny:

By the by, how are you doing Linley, hope your health issues are nothing serious.
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Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 04:55:27 PM
A club for the "Seriously Background Challenged"????  Count me IN ... I am the queen of the background challenged for sure.


Linley, I hope your health issues aren't too serious.  I am battling a terrible cold which is now going on for two weeks and I still cannot get rid of it.  I will be so very pleased when Summer decides to arrive.


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Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 07:01:01 PM
Val... Patricia... thanks for your concern. I have had chronic fatigue for many years now, and although I'm generally much better these days every now and then I have a bit of a relapse. It just means that for a while I have to take it easy and not strain the brain too much. And remind myself that this too shall pass... so it's not all that serious, just a very irritating nuisance.


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Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 03:00:28 PM
Good to hear it's not serious then. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can get back to your old annoying self!  ;)    :-* Love ya!
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Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 06:02:20 PM
 :thankyou: Val!


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Reply #9 on: February 15, 2018, 04:31:58 AM
So pleased to hear that it is not too serious although chronic fatigue must be awful. However, try and rest as much as you can. While we are looking so forward to seeing the strawberries, we can wait, your health comes first Linley because without it, you have nothing.


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Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 05:45:11 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia. I think/hope I'm on the mend again so the strawberries will be posted next week sometime. ;)


 

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