16 X 20 Inch Acrylic Sunflower Still Life

This is a 16 X 20 acrylic painting I painted for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival.  My favorite part of this painting is the red vase.  This was my first try using Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paints.  I enjoyed working with them.  They are not like oil, but I think they are a good substitute.

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24 thoughts on “16 X 20 Inch Acrylic Sunflower Still Life

        1. Oh, I wanted to beat them up during this painting. I kept forgetting to thin the paint some. But after a few errors, it starts to sink in…

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        2. I do need to get some glazing medium at some point. Stubborn. Gosh darn it! I am gonna figure out the clouds with out the medium if it kills me! For now anyway.

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        3. We are opposite! You are coming from thin and I am coming from thick and we are trying to work in the middle! It is definitely a transition.

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  1. DawnMarie, this is a great painting! I think you have a special knack for acrylics – and your unique personal voice/syle just keeps growing through your paintings. Way to go!

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    1. Giggle and here Margaret said they seem to be behaving. Now that you said chattering, I see singing! That one in the back with the longest petals whose face is kinda pointing up a bit reminds me of Mr. Heat Meiser and the one on the left at the very bottom pointing down seems to be concerned with the mess on the table. Now I don’t know what these guys are doing. When I was painting them, I was just trying to figure out the new acrylics…which I am still trying to figure out btw and I was just just glad I got a painting out of it without too much frustration. I painted some echinacea the day before yesterday and that is the first painting with these acrylics that I feel like I am finally starting to get the hang of. That will be posted shortly. Anyway, when that posts, check out the depth in it compared to this one. I will post it tomorrow or something.

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    1. Thank you Margaret. Yup everyone is posing just fine today except for those few stray petals and no one is claiming them it seems. Yes, the vase is my favorite part. It is the color that I like..that red is a good red I think.

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    1. Thank you Carrie. So I used heavy body paints hoping they would be more similar to oils…they are not. They are just thicker than the regular acrylic paint. You still will not get texture in your painting I am learning and that is something that would definitely keep me working with oils. I know there are mediums and things I can buy to deal with that, but in my head if I am gonna add mediums to the acrylic to get it to look more like oils then I probably should stick with my oils…so I painted in oil yesterday…wild coneflower aka Mexican Hat.

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      1. With textures I think its really a preference thing. Others like working with acrylic paints with lots of texture grounds and others like you prefer oil and maybe palette knives to get what you want. I also think its a matter of how we want our paintings to look like that makes us reach for the medium that will help us get it. 🙂

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        1. I think you are right Carrie. I broke down yesterday and bought some glazing medium for acrylics at the recommendation of Laura, so I am gonna try that out with clouds and practice blending a little bit. I also got some gloss varnish and practiced varnishing an acrylic painting I did last week (it isn’t one I cared for much so I thought I would practice on it). I have one acrylic called Windy Day that I think needs a few coats. What was interesting is that that varnish didn’t make much difference and I think it is because the paints are professional quality (Golden) so I won’t varnish the paintings that are done with good paint. Windy day is done with student grade and it could use a pick me up in opinion.

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        2. The gloss varnish is liquitex and that is something that Margaret recommended from back in her days with acrylic.

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        3. Oh please share projects you will do with the glazing medium. I have a glazing medium but can’t really figure out how to use them. Gloss varnish is perfect for student grade materials.The gloss help make the painting ‘look’ professional materials where used. 🙂 Excited for your experiments!

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