Acrylic Painting

Proponents of painting with acrylics would say that the medium offers advantages that distinguish it from both oil and watercolor. On one hand, acrylics are extremely permanent and do not yellow with age as do oils but, being water-soluble, they are fast drying like watercolors and require no harsh solvents for dilution or cleaning. Acrylic paints also dry insoluble, and remain flexible when they dry, as opposed to oils, which have a much more brittle surface. Disadvantages when learning how to paint acrylic works involve the fact that acrylics do dry quickly, reducing the amount of time one can mix and manipulate the wet paint.

Painting with acrylics is a great way to explore your creative side and here you will find relevant articles on acrylic painting techniques, artistic inspirations, and more.

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Acrylic Painting: Landscape Painting On-Site on a Large Scale

With adequate preparation and the right materials, it's possible to create large acrylic landscapes en plein air. by Andrew Paquette A few years ago, I left the high-stress feature-animation industry in Hollywood, California, and moved to Arizona, where I could devote myself to painting Southwest subjects. I now make two to four 36"-x-48" acrylic paintings…

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Acrylic: Fine Art or Illustration?

Whether creating fine art or illustration, for Connecticut artist Bernie Fuchs—who boasts a long and successful career as an illustrator—it’s all the same. Either way, “I’m making a picture,” he explains. A Perfect Afternoon2006, oil on linen, 30 x 20. Private collection. by Linda S. Price I’m basically an illustrator,” Bernie Fuchs says up front.…

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Acrylic: Ellen Rolli: Painting Coach

This Boston acrylic painter teaches art the way a life coach helps a client achieve life goals. by Bob Bahr Rolli advised students to keep their still life arrangement simple so the emphasis is on painting rather than drawing. Students come to Ellen Rolli to loosen up. Perhaps they want their paintings to show freer…

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Acrylic: Stephen Bennett: Risk + Reward

Stephen Bennett moved from New York to Mexico 15 years ago and started painting large, colorful acrylic paintings of people in his newfound community. He discovered a new direction for his life and his art, one that allows him to connect with portrait clients, indigenous people, and enthusiastic children around the world.   by M.…

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Acrylic: Critique: "Catching the Red-Eye Flight"

Pay careful attention to edges and incorporate foreground colors into the background to create a unified composition. by Joyce Washor Catching the Red-Eye Flight2006, acrylic on Masonite, 16 x 20. This bird is painted very well. However, a few adjustments would make it even better. The artist may want to consider adding some lost and…

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Acrylic: Stephen Bennett's Larger Than Life Acrylic Portraits

In the July/August 2008 issue of American Artist, we explored Stephen Bennett's approach to painting gigantic acrylic portraits that allow him to connect with portrait clients from around the world. Take a closer look at his portraits in this online exclusive gallery. Bennett standing next toWelcome to Beswick. Mile Smile (Tanzania)2001, acrylic, 80 x 64.Collection…

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Acrylic: Barbara Edwards: Acrylic Exploration

Barbara Edwards experiments with media and techniques in her paintings that make use of both representation and abstraction. by Lynne Moss Perricelli Mountain Pasture2007, acrylic, 27 x 22. All artwork this article collection the artist unless otherwise indicated. Hummer Flight2007, acrylic, 22 x 19. Barbara Edwards works in both a realistic and abstract style, creating…

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Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Silver Server With Cups"

An appropriate background is essential for setting the scene in a still life composition. by Janet Walsh Silver Server With Cups2002, acrylic, 12 x 24. The artist has done a nice job painting these still life items. However, the artist may want to consider altering the background—the dark colors make the objects in the painting…

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Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "The Mother Wore Green (at the Wedding)"

Consider value choices carefully when painting figures. by Dawn Whitelaw The Mother Wore Green (at the Wedding)2007, acrylic, 12 x 16. The critic manipulated the image in Photoshop to demonstrate how to alter the values of the bodies. I like the energy and animation in this painting—the expressions on the three figures are very engaging.…

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Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Geraniums"

Varying color and subduing the background helps create an effective floral composition. by Janet Walsh Geraniums2005, acrylic, 8 x 10. The artist has certainly made good color choices in the bouquet, and has created the feeling of sunlight throughout the painting. The bouquet is painted very well, but the artist may want to consider the…

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Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "Bleu"

Use negative space on both sides of the canvas to create a unified composition. by Elizabeth Pruitt Bleu2007, acrylic, 36 x 24. The artist has created interesting negative shapes on the left side of the painting where the flowers go off the canvas. The artist may want to consider using this technique on the right…