Painting of a Barn Owl using Acrylic
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Martijn Punt
I recently finished this painting of an owl using acrylics. I'm happy with the look of the owl in terms of proportions. Not so happy with the exaggerated outline, and the background. Using acrylics is a bit of a pain in terms of drying out and work-ability. I have a hard time creating smooth transitions, and use acrylics a lot as a wash (which I'm not sure is a good idea). Feel free to critique, and to share any tips regarding painting in acrylics.
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James Guy Eccleston
Hi! I like the owl, looks great and the brush marks and outline. I'd agree a less varied/mottled background might be better. Smooth acrylic transitions aren't impossible though! A good water mister can really help, extender/retarder slows down the drying time well too or try using pure acrylic gloss medium and some water to get more if a flowing glaze that can be built up. They say it's best not to add too much water as it weakens the paint film but you could add a final layer of pure acrylic to fix it. My preferred method is a limited palette so I can remix and reproduce the colours easily for big areas but allow some variation. Also, a short brush can be used to push/scrub nearly dry acrylic around for quite a long time to get blends over dry paint.
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Martijn Punt
Thanks for the feedback! your work definitely shows acrylic can achieve transitions and look good. I will not give up on Acrylics yet :) i'll try to exercise with a limited palette
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Yiming Wu
OH WOW! it's floating! As for making smooth transition... I think the background works quite well with this textured colour, as long as it looks united. I use gouache with less water, it also has mixing problem if I want to go very smooth, but the strokes kinda looks interesting so I didn't bother to make it very smooth
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Martijn Punt
Hey thanks! there is a lot of contrast between the owl and the background to make it pop, probably overdid the edges at the bottom part of the wings. Gouache really sounds like fun medium, i've been watching a lot of James Gurney on Youtube doing outdoor paintings using Gouache. Greets
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Steve Lenze
I know they make an extender that you can add to your acrylics to make them stay wet longer. Not sure what its called, but I'm sure you could find out :)
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Martijn Punt
Thanks, i'll try to check with local art stores
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