Acrylic paintings

Of all the media mentioned here, acrylic is perhaps the easiest to handle technically. The acrylic paint is conventionally applied to a canvas (and, sometimes, paper), unlike watercolour, any wrong stroke can be easily covered up by a new layer of paint once the first layer dries off. Acrylic is very similar to oil as a medium, except the former is water soluble and does not require turpentine as a solvent. Inhalation of turpentine in a close space is bad for health, although artist’s turpentine is generally less odorous than its industrial counterpart. Acrylic dries quickly, so, unlike oil, one does not see the mixing of colours when applying a second layer over the first, unless done very quickly, within a minute or so.

I once experimented by drawing the same subject of wine and fruits but using different media. I found out that acrylic is best if one wants detail (in A1 on page 47), and is easier to handle compared with watercolour (W2), and Chinese ink/colour (C3). For a beginner wishing to start painting, acrylic would make a good choice.

All the work in this section was produced using acrylic on canvas except for the last two, C21 and C22 for which acrylic was applied to gold and silver card paper respectively. The shinny, smooth surface of the card paper acts like a mirror, so that the viewer looking directly into the painting automatically becomes a part of the artwork.

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