(Elephant Butte NM)
When I decided to take the Plein Air Journey, my intentions were to create paintings along the way. Many marvelous landscapes were seen; but alas, few paintings have resulted. A fast pace of travel did not allow enough time to explore, and to also paint. So, I’m going to slow down now, and focus more on the artwork.
After using oils for most of my career, I switched to acrylics when I hit the road. The advantages of water based media meant less odor, faster drying time, and easier storage of finished pieces. It seemed a wise choice for the confined space of a small motorhome. However, I did not anticipate all the difficulties I would encounter.
I have struggled mightily with the transition to acrylics. Their quick drying time has been too rapid; almost as soon as a stroke hits the canvas. Yikes! Clearly, my approach needs to be changed in order to accommodate the characteristics of the paint.
Normally, I would not reveal the mistakes and stumbling that often occurs. An artist prefers the successes be seen, not the failures. But, I need some motivation! So, I’m hoping that by sharing the process I will make steady progress. Perhaps you will enjoy watching, and maybe offer suggestions.
Two paintings, started previously, will be the first to undergo the shared experience. If I am to master these acrylic paints, then new skills and procedures need to be learned. Please follow along as I practice using acrylics in an attempt to improve.
Camp: Elephant Butte Lake SP-Ridge Road drycamp
Scene: Acrylic painting practice