12 X 16 Acrylic Echinacea Still Life

This is a 12 X 16 inch acrylic painting of echinacea and as usual the table is a mess.  Everyone seems to be happy enough here except for the two hanging over the vase that think it is nap time and the sleeper on the table.  Hanging out with a bunch of folks in a crowded room would make me tired too!  

This is the first painting in acrylics that I have done where I felt somewhat confident with the heavy body paint.

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19 thoughts on “12 X 16 Acrylic Echinacea Still Life

    1. Thank you Margret. This painting went lots smoother than the first. It is remember they are not oils that trips me up, so I can’t use thick paint, I have to remember to layer or I just get a sticky gloppy mess that dries with raised lines around the outside of the stroke. That is what happened in try number four where I tried to use the palette knife with too much paint…my palette knife stuff on the table came out just right in this one I think. No weird lines, just fake texture…this painting has zero texture and it kills me! But if I have to fake it, I guess can learn.

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      1. ah…..aren’t there mixtures, goop and such that you can use to create luscious acrylic texture? I think that I have seen an artist or two that uses thick acrylic paint. Maybe as their last layer? takes longer to dry but I know that it is possible! have to be a way to get what you want, make it happen! lol geez, I sound a little bossy, sorry. 🙂 just a little excited, I guess.

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        1. Yes, there are things I can add for texture and maybe in the future I will. I kind of have the attitude right now that if I want texture, then do oils but I think in the future if I am pressed for time and want texture, I am gonna have to get some mediums because physical texture is something that is really important to me. I don’t mean impasto, but something that you still want to touch.

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        2. Yes! Want to ride a few waves. I know this sounds dumb, but I feel like I need to get the hang of the paints as they are before I start adding to them. I need to figure out my style and what I am happy with. I just reordered some golden colors in bigger tubes so I think I have decided that I would like to work more regularly with acrylics. What I discovered with oils, is that even though it is more difficult to work without adding mediums at times, I like the results. I look back at the paintings where I had started using medium (linseed and turpenoid as needed, but now only rarely do I even use linseed and never turpenoid for anything, not even washing brushes) for a few months at the beginning of the year and I just don’t like them very much. They don’t feel like they are mine. So it might be that I learn to layer well enough that I can trick my eyes into seeing texture. It is just a matter of practice and hopefully that will happen lots! If not, I guess I try adding physical texture additives and see what happens.

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        3. no….that doesn’t sound dumb at all, I understand that line of thinking because I do that in several things and it helps you to start at the base and work your way up, finding your way. Totally makes sense. I don’t know squat about oils and don’t plan to. I am sensitive to smells and things. Even when I have worked with watercolors for a while I can smell them and it will affect me after a while. I thought it was just with soft pastels but no…..but I ignore it and move on. With oils, I would go looney! I can’t wait to watch your progress, will you be giving us details now and then on your progression? what you used, what didn’t work, etc?

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        4. I understand the smells thing. When a smell bothers you enough, it puts a damper on the whole thing.

          I will definitely post my acrylic progress. It makes a good journal for me also so I can look back and see the progress and changes and oopsies and yays over time.

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