Thursday, 4 June 2009

Acrylic Paint, Love it or Hate it?

There was a time, not so long ago when my medium of choice was acrylic on canvas. I did many big colourful paintings, had many exhibitions with them and thought for a while I'd never want to use anything else.
We found an old director's chair that somebody had put out with the rubbish and as the seat and the backrest were made out of canvas I thought it would be the perfect base to play with some acrylics again and give it a new lease of life. I painted a design on it this morning but in a sudden fit of pique (or madness?!) took a brushload of lime green paint and covered up all the meticulous painting I'd done earlier. After having watercoloured my way through the last year I'm finding the acrylic too sticky and frustratingly slow coming off the brush. Who'd have thought I used to love its butteryness...fickle...moi?
The picture above is a background of a knifeful of acrylic paint that was left over on my pallet, and drawn over with a brown ink line. As for the chair, the paint is drying right now so I'll photograph it tomorrow and show it here.

15 comments:

liZZie said...

Tis good Jessie, and I lurve the banner!

sketched out said...

I've been there! The whole fit of pique/madness thing. I guess it's the dawning of a new artistic era for you. That's pretty exciting.

Well, sheesh, the one good thing about not be able to visit as often lately, is there is so much love content to catch up on in your blog! Fun!

Jessie said...

Hi Lizzie, thanks!
Hi Linda, thing is, I keep on having these dawns of new eras! Thanks for visiting :))

Nicola said...

At the moment I'm loving acrylic on canvas but I seem to go between the two (watercolor and acrylic) quite alot. I feel like my style changes alot depending on the paint I'm using. I'm not sure if that's the case or if I'm just still trying to find my style. I LOVE your water colours but I think it's good to chop and change every now and then. Looking forward to seeing the chair!!

tlc illustration said...

I used to paint exclusively with acrylics. Then only watercolor. Now am tempted by oil washes... I guess it's typical to always be experimenting..?

Jessie said...

Thanks Nicola, I think my style has changed too, although I try to be true to paint how I feel is right for me, it looks different according to the medium I'm using. I'll post the chair later :)

Hi Tara,I'm tempted by oil too, maybe that'll be my next love? ;)

Julie-ann said...

Hi Jessie, thank you for coming over to visit my blog.
Your art is already on and it is looking really good!
I love your style so much, truly inspirational.
Because there are so many of your beautiful art I am sure they will look great all over the world in offices and such. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
I am planning on creating more double and triple angels during the year to hopefully create a colletion of them also.
Here to hope? Your art is acceptable in all beliefs which is great for anyone, keep it up Jessie, your a star!

Jessie said...

Thankyou Julie-Ann, I look forward to your new lovely paintings!

ruthie said...

Hi Jessie, love your painting, so full of life - as always!i would love to get into using acrylic, but after being such a long time user of watercolour & inks etc am so struggling with them ;-(.

Jessie said...

Hi Ruthie, I think it's best to be excited about using a medium otherwise it shows in the painting don't you think? I get excited by watercolour these days!

jeff34 said...

I love it of course !
These colors seems like indian culture ! Very nice and beautiful !
Ciao Jessie ! See u !

jerrychicken said...

I switch regularly between acrylic and watercolour but I find painting with brushes onto a primed canvas surface quite restricting when using acrylic so I use mainly a pallet knife to paint with which gives you a lot more "accidental expression" especially if you load up dabs of different colour on the knife.

Still prefer watercolour though !

Jessie said...

Hi Jerry, I painted in a very different way on canvas too, I still prefer me watercolouring these days though!

Jessie said...

Thanks Jeff! That's an interesting thought. :)

Fatally Cute said...

I love acrylic! It is been my medium of choice for awhile. I think it has been about a decade since I have painted with anything else. I like painting in layers so it works for me.