12 x 16 Inch Acrylic Pear in Martini Glass with Olives

I painted a picture in oils of a pear in a martini glass with olives several months ago.  I am keeping it so I decided to try it again in acrylic to hopefully not keep.

Below is the version 1 done in oils.  

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37 thoughts on “12 x 16 Inch Acrylic Pear in Martini Glass with Olives

    1. Lol…the second version or the second picture? Acrylic or oil. I assumed you meant the second version but maybe you meant the second picture?

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  1. Hmm….I love texture and I do believe that it is attainable with acrylics, I managed it with the Liquitex heavy body. I am wanting to switch over to Golden….which I will be able to get! My husband went on a fire assignment so that means more money to fiddle with. I see the refinement in the first painting but I think the only difference that I really do see is that the oil looks creamy. Your background has scrumbling which gives it some texture but probably not the sculpted look that you are after. I bet there is a way to get that look, has to be.

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    1. Yes, There is a way…Laura probably has the product in her hot little hands! I don’t know what it is called though. I am so on the fence right now Margaret. Last week, I was no no no…purist, use just paint. This week I am ooooh…even if I use a medium it will still dry faster than oils…come on Dawn…just try it…no Dawn, be a purist! Oh..just try once…just once and see if you like it…No purist!!!! It is a fight!

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      1. You can do it! lol whatever gets the job done and you have fun and are making fantastic paint….what does it really matter? Adding mediums and whatnot is part of the acrylic scene anyway, that fact alone throws that “purist” attitude out! lol

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        1. Lol. I know. I know. Just another step and thing to store in my overcrowded “craft room” aka ex dining room. It absolutely does not matter. It is all in my mind.

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        2. Was thinking about the other differences in the painting. In the oil painting, the pear was done with palette knife mostly as was the glass and the background was done with a filbert with different movements of my wrist obviously than the acrylic painting. The acrylic is all brush and the brush is a flat. Also, I glazed the table in the acrylic so it came out smoother than I would like.

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    2. How did you use the liquitex to get even texture? Did you add anything at all to it or the paint is just thick? The golden self levels unless you get it really thick and then it just kinda sits there and levels a little, so you get a bump, but not the kind you are looking for.

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      1. I do believe that the paint was thick, I usually used water and medium to get things to move with my initial layers but I remember how I could get texture when I used it straight out of the tube. I know for sure because I would have to sand down a failed painting or I would leave it as an already made textured canvas for the next painting. Oh….hmm…..I want that texture and I am thinking of going to Golden? I might have to research this.

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        1. I just went over there. It looks like they have stuff that adds texture like pumice like medium but that is not what I am looking for. The have a gel but I am gonna have to research. I don’t want a molding paste or anything like that, just something to make my paint retain brush strokes evenly. Like I want to see hair lines in my brush strokes. I want them that retained. They have waxes for oil paints for really really textured stuff, but I am not interested in that kind of texture unless I would be using a palette knife like John French does. He did a really nice palette knife painting with a cold wax medium in oils.

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        2. hehe…..I know that you are wanting acrylics to be your next oil medium but you might have to set aside your need for texture and enjoy the acrylics for what it does and is….get more familiar with it and then go from there. I think that I have done that, expecting one medium to give me the satisfaction of another and I try to marry them up to each other. It sounds like I am lighting tapping your hands, truly I am not. lol It dawned on me that perhaps you are wanting acrylic to be your oils. Oh which reminds me, I think that there is an even thicker kind of acrylic than the heavy body and it comes in a jar! I might have to look that up.

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        3. Ooooh…thicker acrylics? Hmmmmmmm.

          You are right. I might just have to accept the pros and cons of each medium and just enjoy! Which I do anyway, but you know…I like what what I like and want everything to mold itself around my likes…impossible or not.

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    3. Ps…I used glazing medium on the martini glass so not a purist at this point anyway. Cool stuff. It is just acrylic without color so you can dilute your paint without changing the integrity of it by using too much water! Definitely will make clouds easier. I have not tried yet, but based on the glass, I think so!

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        1. Lol. Oh Margaret, I am so in love with oils. The acrylics are just who I cheat on oils with. I don’t love them in the same way. Though, the clean up…oh my gosh the clean up…so amazing. I am most definitely in love with the clean up.

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        2. Oh I bet that clean-up is a dream! It sounds like you are always going to stick with oils and cheat with acrylics! I hope your dining room doesn’t turn into a supernatural murder scene while you sleep! acrylics flung all over the walls! my imagination is working overtime, as you can tell. lol

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        3. Lolololol. For now…I am a woman and I reserve the right to change my mind whenever I want.

          What a mess that would be if a fight broke out. I should lock up the oil paint brief case to prevent any future mishaps.

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    1. Thank you! I think mostly, It is the difference between the paint. What I was telling Carrie was that the thinness of acrylic paint and the drying time is very easy for me to work with because I am used to fighting with thick wet oils and layering wet paint on wet paint. The acrylic allows layering and details, but wet on wet oil does not because of the thickness of the paint and the need tone really careful to avoid muddying the colors. I am definitely able to do a more refined painting with acrylic and could if I did oil paintings in dry layers (but I like wet on wet). My own taste prefers the more rustic thick textured oils but some people prefer finer lines and details and a smooth painting. Luckily, I have the ability to do both. My husband does not like when I do acrylics because he is a texture rough person, as am I, but it is so nice to work with them and the clean up is just amazing. Water…that is it! I go back and forth between whether I want to do acrylics or oil these days and have been doing acrylics just to increase my inventory for that festival, but next week will be back to oils. Malus, professional grade acrylics are about the same price as student grade oils which is pretty cool. I have found however, that some of the student grade acrylic colors I prefer for covering larger spaces like underpainting background work. Right now I like the grumbacher academy student paint and the golden heavy body acrylics which are professional quality and jam packed with pigment.

      I am sure part of it is refining skills since time has passed and i have been practicing, things like shadows, but a lot of the difference is just the paint. If I would have done this in watercolor, you would see a reddish green brown blob.

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        1. If you ever take up painting start with oils so by the time you do acrylics you will be pleasantly suprised! It really is crazy the difference between the two.

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        2. When I was learning to sew…fail btw, my brother in law brought over one of those antique foot pump type singer sewing machines antiques and asked if I was gonna use it. I said heck no! Can you imagine what I would come out with??? But maybe I should have used it so that when I used the fancy modern one I might have thought it was easy and loved sewing. As it is, I am terrible. I can make pillow covers. I made a shirt, but uh…no. Just no.

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    2. And what is making me giggle is my husband and I compared the two last night, and we both said…oil. Brent said, I want to touch your oil paintings…I have no need to touch the acrylic. He didn’t mean it in a bad way, it was just how he knew to express his preference for oils.

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    3. Sorry for all the chatter this morning, but if you are interested, click on the animal category link on my sidebar and some of those are done using more linseed oil and turpenoid so the details are finer. Look at the Raven, frog, boar and tortoise and maybe the crow and flamingo. I think those are my smoother more refined ones. The peacocks and pigs are straight paint no medium so they are rougher. Ignore the roadrunner. I can’t stand him.

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