I’ve been experimenting with acrylic recently in anticipation of my workshop in Turner Valley on Oct 20. It’s been interesting because I’ve had to push myself a bit to get the effects I’ve wanted.
These paintings were done using acrylic in a non-watercolour style which I think it was a very good choice for me. Acrylic can blend wet in wet in a manner that approximates watercolour but it just isn’t the same. So I choose to use acrylic in an opaque manner similar to oil. It helps me to keep these 2 workflows completely separated.
I enjoy doing portraits from different angles because often we see the back of the head more freely than the front, probably because of the emotional impact of eyes so predominates a frontal view. From the back it’s easier to just see the shapse. These 3 portraits were of members of the Calgary Sketch Club.
The landscape was taken from a photo of our trip to England. While travelling from Southhampton to Cornwall we just randomly took a little detour off the motorway and discovered the charming little village of Punknowle in Devon. This painting is from a photo of the main street with the all important pub.