22 Feb Creation of an acrylic painting – The monkey wants water
With this blog post I would like to show once again how one of my paintings was created. The step by step explanation is shown on the acrylic painting “Fruits of Life”, which can also be found here in the gallery.
Acrylic paints, in contrast to oil paints have the disadvantage that they dry much faster. This makes it more difficult, for example, to create soft color transitions or to correct the applied color. Therefore, painting with acrylic often requires a quick way of working. Of course you can admix the acrylic paints so-called retarder to delay the drying process. As a result, the colors remain liquid even for a few minutes longer, which also brings no great benefits.
In order to be able to work with the applied acrylic paint for as long as possible, I let it float on the canvas with enough water. Logically, the screen must lie so that the diluted paint does not run away.
Also with this painting a tool is again particularly important: the spray bottle.
This sprays the spot where this orangutan is to be placed. In this case, the contour of the monkey is applied in black color. Because the acrylic paint takes a bath here, it can be moved, shaped or wiped away with a brush or finger. Dries the paint while working, is sprayed again. As long as the shapes and proportions fit. Then the bright areas are also prepared with white paint. This gives you a first plastic effect and you can better represent proportions.
With this “wet” technique, it is relatively easy to paint the basic structure of an object. Since the acrylic paint can be shaped as long as desired, it is no longer necessary to work so quickly and mistakes can be corrected more easily. For the further steps, the details, the colors should not be diluted so much. Otherwise, the desired details would blur uncontrollably into each other.
In this painting shown here, the light shines on the back of the orangutan. This is known from photography: when, for example, photographing a person in the back light (against the sun), the person in the photo appears more or less as a dark silhouette. It’s the same with this painting. As the light shines on the orangutan from behind, it is painted silhouetted-like. Facial features, chest and abdominal areas are only hinted at. At the contour of the monkey, where the light shines through the orange fur, colorful details are worked out. As you can see in the photos, different orange and red tones are processed. It will bring the lights and depths into the picture and then completed the pre-primed globe.