Part 1

Basic Paint Application

Getting to know your brushes – see sketchbook

I know absolutely nothing about brush types, well about painting in general really, so started by googling brush types and identifying what I had/needed. Lots of lovely marks, especially love those made with the fan brush.

Acrylics. Painting is really tricky! Feeling just a little out of my depth here but I guess it’s all about practice.

So I was feeling that these were rather awful but I can see progress. Plums were painted first – shadows were a real struggle as was showing the colour/tone variations. Then the banana – shadow is a bit better, needs more colour variation and ‘depth’. Finally the apple which I took a bit of time over and started with a background colour. Lots of colour mixing and adding more paint in layers, adjusting shape etc – much happier with this attempt.

Applying paint without brushes – see sketchbook

Pallet knives of various shapes and sizes. Initial layer left to completely dry then second layer added. Dragging edge of knife can give lovely smooth even layer without the marks of a brush. Also when run over texture it gives additional ‘depth’ (not sure what word to use for this). I’m learning that Acrylic paint looks best on thickly!

More marks with credit cards, sponges, rags, toothbrush, bottle lid…

Painting with pastels – see sketchbook

I practiced using oil and soft pastels in Drawing 1 but never with turps or paint involved too.

Started with a bit of googling as a starting point as the instructions don’t make a lot of sense to me:

  • – How to Create a highly textured pastel painting using acrylic paint
  • YouTube: Dieter Becker – Mixed Media acrylic and Oil pastel. Base layer of acrylics then pastels using stabbing motion, not blended.
  • – How to use Scumbling? which I discovered is similar to the Dry Brush technique I learnt on the watercolour course only this time using pastels rather than paint. An uneven layer over existing colour.
  • Barry, H. (2017) Encyclopedia of Acrylic Techniques. London: Quarto Publishing plc – great book for me with all the various techniques described that I’m hearing about including, in this case, Scumbling.

Beach and Sea with Rocks. Initial smooth layer of acrylics as base coat. Then lots of texture added with pallet knives and left to dry fully. Then soft pastel added in places, not all over but filling in the gaps. Lots of dabbing and quick marks in sea, darker near horizon, then white/light tones added for the spray using scumbling (pastel in edge, lightly over texture). Blended pastel over sand. Rocks added lighter tones over texture again with scumbling.

Very quickly done but I can see how this could be a great method for rough areas such as rocks and water.


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