Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apple Trio

This is a small 9x12 inch acrylic painting on a paper made for acrylic painting.  I thought it would be interesting to try the paper out on an easier subject such as apples.  This surface is rated at 185 lb./400 G and comes 10 count in a pad.  I know nothing about ratings of paper for painting.  This surface is thick, so I figure it must be good.  LOL  Maybe a watercolor painter will help me out with that. 

It seemed to fight back at me by bowing up when I covered the surface with the paint, and moreso when I thinned the paint.  I found I had better results by letting it dry and not thin the paint with water.  After I got the hang of it, it came out pretty fair.  I sketched the apples on with pencil and did an undercoat in burnt umber thinking I could blend and glaze in the background without losing the apple underpainting.  Almost did.  I brought the apples back up with a green then worked on completion with the reds.

I like to do studies by starting with sketches then do small paintings which may lead to painting the scene on a larger format.

I hope you enjoy Easter, our holy day in worship to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.


Vernita Bridges Hoyt said...

I love trios of objects in a painting! Good job on the apples. You got that shiny red of Delicious apples just right. At least they look Delicious to me. The thicker the wc paper you use, the less buckling when you wet the paper. Also, tape your paper down to a drawing board and that will help hold its shape. You probably discovered that on your own by now. I always enjoy your blog ... and found your Etsy shop. How is that going for you?

Jimmie Bartlett said...

Thanks Vernita. You are right about the taping the edges. This study was a big experiment for me. I learned a lot from it. Thanks for the tip about taping the edges. I also made a mistake about taping over paint that wasn't completely dry and pulled up paper when I removed the tape. Nothing like learning things the hard way. LOL I picked up a few sales on etsy during the Christmas season and Jan/Feb, but since has been dry. Stopped about the time gas prices went higher. The A/C shows have been holding for us. I keep painting more than we sell, so we will be ready when things turn around. Your comments are much appreciated.