Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Orange Slush – Wacky Wednesday

Orange Slush

Orange Slush

Acrylic on 8”x8” canvas

Copyright 2010 Valerie Jones


Last Wednesday, I shared with you my impromptu purchase of some acrylic paints.  

I finished the piece and changed the name from Orange Gerber Daisy to Orange Slush. 

Things I learned:

  • Never use a brush after drinking too much coffee.  It helps the artist create shaky lines.
  • To blend the colors smoothly, work wet on wet.
  • To paint the sides of the gallery wrap canvas, add a little Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid Medium (Satin). This keeps from streaks appearing after the paint dries.
  • You can layer light washes of color going light to dark, just like in colored pencil. 
  • It’s quick!  I didn’t keep track of the hours, but I think it is 5 or less.  A colored pencil piece this size would have taken me over 20 hours.

What are things you like about your medium of choice?


Anonymous said...

Orange Slush is lush!

I'll try your suggestion of using the glazing medium on the sides next time I paint a gallery-wrap. Although I am primarily a mosaic artist, it is hard to stay away from acrylic paints. They ARE a lot faster than either colored pencil or mosaic techniques.

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, this is beautiful. You are a quick study! Your previous Gerber Daisies are just wonderful. I'm way too impatient for pencil work. You amaze me with your lines and shadows. :)

Valerie Jones said...

Lynn: Thank you. I have another daisy in the works and it is titled "Pink Passion". I'll show it to you someday soon.

Jo: Thanks. The acrylics weren't too hard to pick up. I started out in oils, so they flow in a similar fashion when wet.