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Wasteland (acrylic painting)

Wasteland (acrylic painting)

Wastleland, Penney Knightly

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

8.5″ x 11″, craft acrylic on paper. This started as a loose sketch painting trial using acrylic paints, for a large scale painting I was going to begin working on. As I was unfamiliar with acrylics at the time, I used craft acrylics, which came in bright pour-out tubes of color. They are an easily-available grade of acrylic paint, something you would use to decorate a craft, not necessarily for creating a painting, but as I am beginning to discover anything can be used artistically; that is what makes art so wonderful, its versatility and flexibility, with room for interpretation.

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Birdhouse (acrylic painting)

Birdhouse (acrylic painting)

birdhouse-acrylic-painting
ABOUT THIS PICTURE

18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. This is one of the first paintings I ever did. I spent a considerable amount of time making a color chart, (featured below), being new to painting, taking note of how much white to mix with a particular shade of blue, for example, to get the color I wanted. The colors in this painting are very stark, bright, and not muted. I would have done better to work with a limited palette, but the explosions of color available to me, and my unfamiliarity with painting, made this more of a learning experience rather than a satisfying finished piece. This was still good practice using a reference photo, color mixing, sketching and planning a layout, and painting onto canvas for the first time.

 

birdhouse-colorsheet

 

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‘Picking Flowers’ (oil painting)

‘Picking Flowers’ (oil painting)

After-Renoir-Picking Flowers

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

18″x 24″, oil on canvas board. Done as an exercise, using Renoir’s painting Picking Flowers as a reference. I fell in love with the picture after being fortunate enough to see it in San Francisco, in person. Impressionism was a lot of fun to try, and gave me lots of room for me, a beginner, to be loose with colors and brush strokes, and not be strict about the end product. I learned a lot about blending, the handling of oils, which is buttery and slow to dry compared to acrylic paints. I loved the bright dots of color. Working wet-on-wet was also a new experience for me, and I loved it! This is definitely something I’d like to try again, but with my own work, using my own reference photographs.

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Italian Hillside (painting)

Italian Hillside (painting)

Houses on Italian Hillside (painting)

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

18″ x 24″ oil on canvas. After attending a Van Gogh exhibition in San Francisco (if you ever get a chance to see his work, run, leap, fly out of your house and go see it) I got interested in impressionism. As the old masters used oils, I gave it a try! I love the buttery, smooth texture, and the blending properties of oil. This painting was a lot of fun because I also got to use a quick-drying product Liquin which enabled me to extend and further blend colors, with the added benefit speeding up the drying time. I love the thick impasto flowers. I really enjoyed giving this picture some texture and some pop-out effect.

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Kinfolk Flowers (painting)

Kinfolk Flowers (painting)

Acrylic painting based on a picture.

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas. This is one of the first paintings I ever worked on. Even though it’s not at all what I wanted it to be, I learned from it, and had a massive amount of fun. It gave me a great appreciation for impressionism. I did eventually work out how to pick up multiple colors on the brush, and even did a fairly okay job applying them. This was also my first time using acrylic medium (matte). There is so much left to learn and experiment with. I got really interested and absorbed with making the texture of the bricks. If I did this again, I’d crop this image and change the viewpoint, minimize the bricks, and add more details. I really like acrylics because of their fast-drying properties, and in this instance working with them was forgiving and gentle. I’d love to try this with some supple, buttery oils in the future.

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