In this post I explain once more step by step the origin of one of my acrylic paintings. This is an objective painting on an abstract background. This description is limited to the foreground, ie the kingfisher including divers and water. As can be seen in the photos, I begin to apply the shape of my object with a single color. It is a more or less intuitive step in which you start with the brush without prior sketching. The acrylic paint is moved and shaped until the basic shape of this bird fits. For this purpose, the acrylic paint is applied very diluted. Thus, the color can be easily corrected with a rag or wipe away. Once the size and proportions of the animal are up, the first shades of color come into the picture after drying. Initially, the respective areas are defined with a handful of primary colors. Once these are applied, they go into depth. The approach to this picture is a little different than in my previous posts here in the blog.
This means that once the base colors are painted, they are tinted accordingly to work on the light and dark spots. The whole thing is always finer graded and worked out in more detail, until ultimately the desired plastic effect on the canvas. Finally, the extremely dark and bright details, such as Highlights applied to enhance sharpness and depth. The next construction site is the diver in the beak of the kingfisher. The diver is built up just like the bird. As it is darker, I used a black color to make the basic shape. Painting water has its difficulties. If you also want to describe how to paint it, it will be almost impossible to give an easy-to-understand explanation. That’s why the photos will say more than the text. Water or water splashes consist mainly of reflections of the environment, sparkling highlights and refractions. In this picture, I have first applied some dark green spots, which have the same hue of the water and thus represents the reflection of the water surface.
Which canvas should I buy for painting? The cheap from the hardware store, or the expensive from the shop? If you are dealing with painting, you have certainly already asked yourself this question. In this article, I want to show you the difference and give an assistance for the purchase of the right, ready-covered canvas. When we talk about canvas, we usually mean a fabric-covered stretcher frame. This consists of the fabric, a stretcher and the clamping wedges. This is the actual image carrier. Most of the tissue is already white primed and clipped on the back of the stretcher. The cheap canvases are predominantly made with a simple, thin blended or cotton fabric with a medium structure. For the production sometimes uneven threads are used. The woven surface is then dirty and can have small thickening or loops in some places.
The higher-priced canvases come here logically different. The woven surface is clean and smooth, which suggests higher quality materials. In addition, there are a selection of different fabrics in this price range. Coarse or fine. Cotton or linen. Primed or raw … The skeleton of the finished canvas is mainly made of wood and yet there are serious differences here. Let’s start with the material, the wood. The stretcher frames of the cheap canvases are usually very simply made. The single strips consist of a single piece, often fast-growing and light wood. The problem here is that these stretcher can sometimes be extremely forgiving. If the temperature or humidity changes slightly, it may later become difficult to hang the finished image flat against the wall. The high-quality and therefore more expensive stretcher frames consist of multi-glued wooden strips, which have an elevated, rounded outer edge, so that the stretched fabric does not rest on the last. Due to the multiple gluing a delay is almost impossible.