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scouserl41

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on: September 22, 2013, 01:26:20 AM
I'm determined that I should be able to paint as well in acrylic as in oils.
To get this done I've determined to catch up on all the homework I've been avoiding! (I was the same in High School I hated homework!!)
Sooooo,,,,,.....

I did the painting wood excercise,
Then I did the shiny metal excercise,
But the folds in material kicked my butt.
I'm absolutely CERTAIN that I could have done this in oils. I've got a stay wet palet, I'm using slow dry medium, I'm spraying the palet with water, washing my brushes but I just can't get the acrylics to blend like oils would.

There must be a way.
Maybe more practice??
Brian
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Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 01:28:31 AM
 O0 That and a few technique tips from someone who knows.......  :smart:
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Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 01:29:45 AM
So are you the "ONE THAT KNOWS"??
Brian
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Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 01:33:46 AM
Unfortunately no. My sojourn in acrylics was very short lived. Very limited supplies, no mediums available and I was lucky to get the paint on the paper before it dried! One of the few times I actually wanted a/c.  ;D
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Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 01:36:49 AM
Hmm, I wonder if that's got anything to do with it?? I paint outdoors too, and in Southern California the humidity is always low.
No can't be that there's a thousand artists working in San Diego in acrylics.
Brian
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Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 01:41:00 AM
Brian,

I have no desire to attempt acrylics for the reasons you cited.

You did do a nice job on the shiny metal, though.

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Reply #6 on: September 22, 2013, 01:45:38 AM
Hi Mea!
The shiny metal makes me confident I can do it. The blending technique must be something I can conquer.
PRACTICE darn it. (I didn't practice in my guitar lessons which is why I can't play guitar!)(Seems a recuring problem huh??)
Brian
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Reply #7 on: September 22, 2013, 01:49:45 AM
The funny thing is that from 15 feet away the folds painting looks GREAT!
Durn it.
Brian
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Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013, 02:08:00 AM
Put a fence around the folds painting, Brian.

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Reply #9 on: September 22, 2013, 02:18:42 AM
An electric cow fence!!
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Reply #10 on: September 22, 2013, 06:02:36 AM
Hi Brian,
i am exactly where u are!metal gave me hope ...but  did really badly in folds!i revisited Q and A that Nolan has done where he explains how to blend Tulip.was all excited..i thought ...okay now i get.....only to be disappointed... Paint lifts off wheni try to blend!! And Nolan does it so effortlessly!
So i will be watching this thread...hoping to get some expert advise!

Zayn


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Reply #11 on: September 22, 2013, 09:44:50 AM
Well, you're a lot braver than I am; I didn't even try the acrylics after I painted 1 background with them.

I just miss the 'go with the flow' feeling, oils give me. Or in fact, I'm way too slow for acrylics.  :idiot2:


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Reply #12 on: September 22, 2013, 12:49:25 PM
I'm ging to keep plugging away. I hated oils when I started, just couldn't get them to stop smearing etc, but once I got the hang of it I loved them.
Maybe I'll go back and watch Nolans "Painting oils with acrylics" again, maybe I wasn't paying enough attention (Another High School trait!!)
Brian
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Reply #13 on: September 22, 2013, 06:27:56 PM
Just thought I'd pop back and see if you had found an answer. Looks like you aren't the only one struggling along here.
Will be interested to see what happens....I'd still like to have a go at acrylics..... so....tag you're it!  :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #14 on: September 22, 2013, 07:56:41 PM
Hmm, I wonder if that's got anything to do with it?? I paint outdoors too, and in Southern California the humidity is always low.
No can't be that there's a thousand artists working in San Diego in acrylics.
Brian

Low humidity is a hefty factor.  It's worse for me being in the high desert above 4,000 ft.  That said, its best to work one small area at a time because of the decrease in open time.  You can ask these acrylic painters for other suggestions.

For the first time in several years I've shifted from oils to do a acrylic painting.  I've learned enough (from zero) to test this medium again.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.