Friday, July 17, 2009

Plein Aire Painting with Golden Open Acrylics

Plein Aire Painting done at workshop - Golden Open Acrylics on canvas paper - 8 x 10 (top)
Study from Plein Air painting - Golden Open Acrylics on poster board coated with Golden Molding Paste - 8 x 10 (second)
The actual scene (bottom)
Allan and I took a one day workshop sponsored by Art Media - Plein Aire Painting with Golden Open Acrylics, by Corrine Loomis-Dietz.
We both loved these paints. Read more about our workshop experience. Since it was a plein aire workshop, after the demonstration everyone went out into the courtyard of the Oregon Society of Artists (where the workshop was held) and painted from the landscape. By the time I got out there, all the good spots were taken, so I chose this scene of a tree in shadow (bottom image). However, I couldn't paint outside for very long, it was like 90 degrees, so I came into the studio and finished (top image).
The the instructor had us take one small area of our painting and blow it up onto a piece of cardboard coated with Golden Molding Paste. It was a slick surface, and I'm not sure I liked it, but it freed me up to paint with abandon (second image).
As always, while in workshops I have magnificent plans for all the paintings I'm going to do. But then I get home, am tired, and have six or so painting projects still unfinished. So I need to get busy on those. But I'd really like to buy a few tubes of Golden Open Acrylics and give them a try. I think not having to wait six months for a painting to dry would be heavenly! But then I have to decide whether I am a classical painter (oils), or a modern painter (acrylics). What's an artist to do?
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand, no matter if I'm using oils, or acrylics! ~

1 comment:

Celeste Bergin said...

Thanks for showing your results with the new "oil-like" acrylics. Nice job! I plan to try them one day. :)