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Acrylic inks – dare to be brave!

Sometimes I need a bit of a kick in the pants to shake me up and get me a bit braver when it comes to using colour. When I think I’m getting a bit too safe I like to break out the acrylic inks and use them as an underpainting.

acrylic-ink-underpainting

I’ve been pretty liberal in the cliffs with deep violet, turquoise blue and a dollop of yellow orange as well.I just lay it on with a soft brush and let it run and bend. Sometimes I just pour it straight onto the paper or canvas or add colour with the droppers.

inks

I’ve used a lemon yellow in the water and mixed it with the turquoise to make a strong yellow, green underpainting. I give the sky a yellow ochre wash and I’m all set to be a bit braver when I start adding the acrylic paint.

acrylic-overpainting

Here I am part way through. I’m liking the cliffs although The Writer thinks the purple is  a bit strange. I often ask for a critique from various family members walking past ( and yes they do sometimes try and avoid eye contact!) I’ve found the best critic is The IT Geek who has an uncanny knack of homing in on the bit I’ve been secretly worried about whereas The Writer often homes in on the bit I’m quite pleased with.

I’ve still got a lot of work to do but I like where it’s heading . I ‘m trying for really sunlit cliffs and I think I’ve got that on the island. Sometimes it’s the small areas that draw the eye and I like the gap between the headland and the island. The beach area and it’s trees have a lot of work to do yet as well as the water needing some more glazes.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow!

A painting that the blind can see

Recently a work friend asked me to paint her a large acrylic painting – she just gave me a few hints- water, maybe a rock or two and some sand. I’m used to clients being pretty prescriptive about what they want. There’s usually a photo or three and several emails before we settle on exactly what I’ll be painting and how. My friend was very open – she just wanted those blue green waters and the rest was up to me. It was such a pleasure to paint that I felt I hadn’t really earned my fee – so I decided to donate a large chunk of it to the Fred Hollows Foundation. So now whenever my friend looks at her painting she will know that four people can now see because she asked me to to paint it. I kind of like that thought.

Rock and seagull
Rock detail – East coast colours.