Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The great thing about acrylic paint is I can paint over it. I redid this painting with texture and stencil applications, to my mind's eye it was way too busy. I like this one much better. Although I am half thinking of applying more textured color to the clouds with a palette knife. I think they call that impasto, I want to try that for sure. Then I am supposed to let the painting cure for a couple of months before I put a sealer over the top. Something else I didn't know about painting with acrylics.

I learned in my painting class just three colors could be used effectively in a painting and also the human face can be painted with blue or red and still look realistic. At my last class my painting instructor, Sharon Harris, did these two value studies of her husband's face, one in red, one in blue. She painted these in less than five minutes each. What feeling do you get from the red painting, how about the blue painting? I'm intimidated to paint the human face, landscapes or abstract art seems easier to my mind, but I'm going to give it a try one of these days. I need to push myself to try what I don't feel comfortable with. I think I can learn more that way.

Up next a visit with Jeff Brown and Michele Hastings. Also a couple of pots from other potters in the Clay and Blogs show in North Carolina last Autumn, so stay tuned.


  1. Well, I am probably about to embarrass myself, but I sense anger in the red face. I pick up nothing from the one that is blue/green. Strange! Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I see the differences in the two faces but can't really articulate what they are... How fun, though, to be working in a new medium.

  3. I kind of agree with Mary. I see agressive red and passive blue.

  4. Hi Mary, thanks, that's the same thing I said, and I said the blue face made me feel calm. I guess red is portrayed as an angry color or a energizing color, being a warm color and blue is a cool color.

    Hi Teresa, thanks, it is cool and I am having fun.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yep that's just what I saw too, interesting isn't it.


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