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mea hamo pena

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on: May 04, 2015, 12:03:58 PM
So many of you are having such good luck with acrylics that I thought I would try again..  Actually, my first attempt  - shark painting- came out better than this.


An art supply company offered a free lesson for this painting, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Unfortunately, it did not live up to the standard we are used to from Paintbasket lessons.  There was almost no instruction - just watching the artist paint for about 20 minutes.

I know the bottle and the glass are a bit wonky and my colors are not great (cheap acrylic paints I had on hand).  I hate how everything dries so fast that you can't really fix a mistake.  Forgot about the misting technique until just now - DUH!

So,  I really don't think I will ever like acrylic painting (except maybe for small decorative type situations). And, not all art instruction is done well (We've been spoiled by such a high standard at PB).

Even though this message is in the ENCOURAGER section, don't feel as though you have to encourage me in acrylics again.

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Reply #1 on: May 04, 2015, 01:14:53 PM
Hey Mea....great effort.I am really not trying to encourage you.....you did really well for 20min lesson!If you are using oils, it takes a while getting used to acrylic.However, just wanted to tell Acrylic is one of the most forgiving mediums...so easy to correct mistakes.Just paint over it.Misting is the key ...after awhile you just get used to spraying the canvas. :)


That is if ever u change  your mind... ::) :)
« Last Edit: May 04, 2015, 04:26:03 PM by JayJ »
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Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, 02:43:00 PM
Mea, this is a great attempt at acrylics.  Looks pretty good for such a quick lesson.  I love acrylics...the misting is just a 'natural' thing to do, (like dipping your brush in water for w/c) and, when it's a booboo, just paint over it!  My only problem with acrylics is that I have to get canvas boards as I have NO room for canvas'.  I enjoy the painting, tho. I paint on garden rocks, too....flowers, bugs, animals....and it's so much fun.  I have 'cheap' paints, too, so sometimes it gets a little frustrating, but...with acrylics you can use some water!!  You will like it once you realize what and how to use them.
I like your bottle and glass.....it's great for starters!
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Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, 04:04:04 PM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Nice acrylic work, MAL!  I agree with Jay and Retta that acrylics are great to paint with and very forgiving!  Even if you forget to mist, all you need to do is moisten the surface where you're painting with a little water and medium and continue painting, or add a little medium to your paint.  If you remember a dog painting I did- I was able to change the whole background by painting over it.  I have oil paintings that have taken over a year to dry, but with acrylic you can also varnish within a few hours or less.  And there is no waiting time to continue painting as you do with oils.  For me, acrylic projects take a much shorter time to complete.  That's my 2 cents.  But I still like oils, too.
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Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 04:30:09 PM
Retta  and Liz - Thanks.  I'll keep an open mind on the acrylics.  Hey, I never thought I'd be interested in drawing, but look at me now!

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Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 08:39:17 AM
Mea. I guess everyone has a favorite medium. Mine happens to be Acrylic mainly because it'd so easy to repair mistakes (and I have many). I also like the ease in cleaning up after.I took the class on drawing (dogs) and because of the excellent instructions I think I did pretty well. I find I can produce a reasonable drawing in no time at all. Until the course I was sure I couldn't draw a straight line. (actually a straight line is pretty difficult).
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Reply #6 on: June 28, 2015, 09:11:24 AM
Alan, you could use a ruler  :2funny:

Get the point that many have a preferred medium, until a master I guess when artists move at ease between media. 

You all make acrylic sound so easy.  I always believe that almost everything is easy... after one has mastered the skills!  It is always difficult before.    :envy:

Interesting you find fixing errors easier with acrylic (heard if before, don't like it, just paint over when dry).  But I find it very difficult because it dry faster then I can paint and make a terrible messes when it lift and peal. 

I also find it confusing that the colors change slightly between wet and dry... making touch up difficult for me.   :sweat: 

But I follow a rule Nolan give to beginners (somewhere), whatever media chosen... master it before learning another one.   I always assume that it is in addition to drawing, since it is the foundation for all painting.

Definitively agree with you re: cleaning.  Also a plus if working in small spaces, or poorly ventilated.

Mea, don't be so hard on yourself.  You are doing just fine... just need to practice a bit more. M :painting:
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