I Must Be Doing Something Wrong

That was my first thought when I started to explore acrylic painting. The paints would dry so fast and it drove me crazy because I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Looking back, I realize how many acrylic painting techniques I still had to learn. But I don’t regret trying acrylic paints on my own.

Backlit Still Life 1 by Ken Goldman, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14.
Backlit Still Life 1 by Ken Goldman, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14.

Yes, I experienced frustration along the way, but that was a small price to pay to begin painting without any preconceptions. I didn’t think about what I should or shouldn’t do, and instead let my own response to the medium guide me. I found, as many of us have, that putting just a little water into the pigment gives you so much more control over the medium (although I did go a little crazy adding water and that resulted in uneven color coating). I also discovered that I don’t like palettes that are designed to stay wet, and instead prefer to first dip my brush in water and then the acrylic paint and get the consistency right by mixing it on piece of cardboard.

I also learned that if I wanted my painting to have texture, using a brush with stiff bristles was more effective. When I wanted to achieve watercolor-like effects, a soft-bristled brush was more suitable.

Now that I know the basics of acrylic painting, I want to learn how to create amazing color combos, try to build up the surface and more,  which means featured resources like the Acrylic Artist Painting Bundle. See if it is right for you and enjoy!

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.