Monday, December 6, 2010

Late Night Shopping, King Street, Hamilton

8x10 acrylic on board
 This is acrylic painting number three. Painting in acrylics is certainly a different process than painting in oil. Jan Yates, a fellow blogger (check out her wonderful paintings here) leaves great comments. She commented on my last painting  "These acrylics are very lively--are you working in quicker motion w acrylic? more of an immediate feeling."
  I think that I approach oil painting with more fear...I am learning so much as I go and I wonder if the next brush stroke is going to ruin the picture...but with acrylics, I'm not concerned with the outcome. I just paint and have fun. Will I ever get there with oils?
I am going to do this same scene in oil and compare the difference.

12 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about how you feel about acrylics vs. oils. Your paintings have so much life to them. I think they're amazing just the way they are.

Kim said...

I love your reflections on streets : )

Dana Cooper said...

Wonderfully colorful scene Catherine!
Having started in acrylics I know that they can be fun. The good and bad thing about them is that they dry so quick!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

Wow Catherine thanks! for once i don't have anything to say:-) except what a great idea re approaching the same painting with oil--I like this pallet..

Olivier Longuet said...

fantastic sense of contrast and effective colors. very nice work indeed

Tammy Hext said...

this is really striking Catherine. You do wonders with reflected light. I love the green glow coming from the money mart.
Tam

Karen Bruson said...

Your colors are very lively. Interesting that you are having more fun with acrylics. I'll have to try them. I would have thought they would dry too fast. Do you use a medium to slow down the drying process?

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. They are always appreciated.
Karen, I don't use a medium to slow the drying time. I do use a spray bottle of water for the palette. When I have an area that will require lots of blending and nuances, like the road, I mix a fair bit of color and work fast. When things dry, colors can be changed easily with glazes. For me, it is about lots of layers, lots of mixing paint,working fast, and leaving those bright little bits of highlights until the very end. Acrylics dry s shade lighter in color than when wet, so blending a big area of the exact same color is almost impossible. With your style of working with lots of colors, it would probably work great. And they are dry right away! Even with big blobs of paint.

Becky Joy said...

Beautiful painting Catherine. I love it.

Stephen Parker said...

Beautiful job, as usual, Catherine. Values are perfect.

mary maxam said...

A little different format and still loving all the color and reflection-wonderful

Kelley Sanford said...

Love how you capture the "glow" of the night lights. Well done.