Artist Of The Day - Dave Kinsey
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Abstraction is a key part of how you paint or draw anything. It is seeing completely with the eye, and not allowing the brain to contextualize what we are seeing. But turning off the brain is no small task! I've found that painting with acrylics has given me a bit of insight into abstraction for two reasons: when painting with acrylics, each layer dries fast--so I can practice seeing (and painting) abstractly over and over again in a fairly short period of time. Also, the paints are opaque, so gesture comes more strongly to the fore in any work because it is much less about blending than about making successive layers work together.
|Earth and Shade II by John Harrell, acrylic painting.|
As I've confessed before, I'm usually a slowpoke ditherer when it comes to painting, largely due to the intimidation factor. When painting with acrylics, I found my speed because those paints dry fast! But that means that as soon as they do, I can go in again. I really enjoy the fact if I try to paint a figure or aspect of the landscape too literally, I can wait a few minutes, assess what I've done, and experiment more abstractly right then and there.
|Sun Lovers by John Harrell, acrylic painting. |
Artists featured in the latest issue of Acrylic Artist put abstraction and acrylic painting techniques together in compelling ways. They explore how to take aspects of art that are the most interesting and merge them to create appealing compositions and beautifully painted surfaces that can be appreciated abstractly and on the basis of representation. Enjoy!
Plein air watercolor painter Stanislaw Zoladz exposes the sometimes hidden beauty in commonplace scenes, capturing captivating light effects and the lush contrasts between water, snow, rocks and buildings. In the December 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist, the artist discusses everything from the challenges of painting large to the joys of sketching on-site and the estimable Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920).