Reading Chair, Sims House
by Ronald Lewis, 1996, acrylic, 18 x 14.
Courtesy Bryant Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi,
and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Paintings of the sheer peaks of the Alps or serpentine glimmer of the
Hudson River showcase the awe-inspiring characteristics of the natural
world. But there’s something equally compelling about depictions of
interior spaces. Think of how bleak and bereft Edward Hopper’s bedroom
scenes are, or the sense of anticipation, warmth, and intimacy in
Johannes Vermeer’s paintings of women’s domesticity. The evocations may
be subtle, but they’re undeniable.
artist Ronald Lewis spent years painting outdoors with oils, but
changed his process twofold when he switched to acrylics and moved
indoors to paint scenes in historic homes, museums, and public spaces.
Painting indoors gives Lewis the opportunity to experiment with
lighting and the spatial arrangements of rooms, furnishings, and
reflective surfaces such as windows and mirrors. Learning how to paint
with acrylics has been rewarding for Lewis as well, and he shares his
knowledge of acrylics and his strategies for painting interiors in our
newest free eBook, American Artist Beginner Painting Tips: Learn
Acrylic Painting in 7 Steps.
The art lessons that Lewis shares
cover the benefits of using acrylic paints, including the fact that
acrylic paints dry much quicker than oils, allowing an artist to create
depth and a sense of volume by adding successive layers of color to the
painting canvas with only minutes in between for drying time. There is
also a step-by-step painting demonstration from Lewis that takes the
reader from rough drawing to finished painting.
This Beginner Acrylic Painting eBook,
available for download now, is ideal for the beginner—one who is
painting for the first time and looking for reliable, experienced
painting instruction—as well as the more advanced student who has an
interest in the range of approaches to acrylic painting, from a loose
representational style to one that is more detailed.