100cm x 75cm on stretched canvas
Painted this one this week. Used two photos to create the scene ( top & bottom )
I've never posted on this site before, been a member for a long time though but forgot about it :) I do recognize you from Wetcanvas. I'm trying to learn acrylics, but living in NM makes it even more of a challenge, but I won't give up.
The water looks so real. How do you paint such smooth passages? I get about 3 strokes and then the paint is dry. This isn't bad for all techniques but it is when trying to get a smooth passage.
Hi Katy, thanks for your comments.
I use the wet palette system and do all those type areas with thinned out washes (I only use water).
Occasionally misting my palette with a spray bottle to keep moist. I do work very quickly so that helps.
I really like this painting and all the others you have listed on your site. I just started painting about three weeks ago and am having an interesting time with acrylics as I try to learn some tricks. I have a difficult time with getting my shading to not have hard tone lines between shades, but I have noticed that if I keep the brush slightly wet and thin down the paint a little, I can get smoother shading transitions.
Out of curiosity, about how long does it take you to paint something like this? I did a 28cm x 36cm (11"x14") lighthouse with no where near the detail you have here, and it took me more hours that I care to count.
Hi K-K, Thank you for your comments. I like to work quickly and blend wet on wet and sometimes scrub with a dry brush. Nearly always I add a water thin wash of colour over the blends when they are dry just to soften.
This painting took about 15 hrs over three days. Except for portraits most of my paintings are completed within 4 days.
I wish I had a portion of the quality and detail as yours.....in twice the time. I'm hoping to try to complete at least one painting every two weeks, and maybe I will continue to improve for a while. I can only hope.
K-K, it's an old cliche but practice, practice,practice, I've been painting with various mediums for over 40 years so I've had a long time to learn and I'm still learning as I only started with acrylics last year. I now paint exclusively with acrylics. The best advice I can give you is "study your subject then paint what you see not what you think you see". If you are keen enough you will learn with every painting you do.
I like that. It is very realistic and technically very well done....
Thanks Karl, I'm really enjoying acrylics.