Step by step to the finished acrylic painting – flying diver

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. It explains that I first make an object in black and white, which is subsequently colored. In this post I show a different approach. Here the dark and light areas are applied directly with the paint. 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. The whirled-up water is applied in a white color that surrounds the dark reflections. To give the fountain a lively structure, this is best achieved by rolling up the light color with the brush. In addition, the color is triturated and shaped in some areas with the finger. Finally, the reflection of the fountain, which is visible in the calm water surface in the foreground, is held a little paler and applied in mirrored form with a finger or brush.

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