By Nancy Reyner
A tribute to the expressiveness of state-of-the-art artists and the amazing versatility of the medium, AcrylicWorks positive aspects 126 modern masterpieces. This lovely assortment covers quite a lot of kinds and topics from intimate photographs and ultra-realistic flora and fauna work to sweeping landscapes and impressive abstracts. Captions display the original inventive tale at the back of every piece and provide counsel and strategies from most sensible acrylic artists.
Arguable no different medium deals this kind of breadth of inventive possibilities, from obvious veils of colour to juicy impasto strokes. Acrylics permit artists the liberty to maneuver from layer to layer quick and intuitively, with out watching for paint to dry...or, whilst used with ingredients, time to paintings the paint for wet-into-wet functions. mixed with coloured pencil, oil, college, gels, pastes, and a wealth of alternative complementary mediums, the possibilities for texture and experimentation are unending. The results—as you are going to see...
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I take hundreds of photos of animals, backgrounds, grasses, leaves and landscapes. I also do sketches, take notes on weather conditions and jot down ideas. This particular painting came from an outing at the Bronx Zoo. One morning, this cub and two others playfully chased each other for hours. When one cub took a break to rest on this rock, I was instantly taken with the pose, light and potential for a good composition. Acrylics are the ideal medium for this. The drying properties allow me to develop areas rather quickly.
I am strongly tied to the theme of childhood, which I have slowly evolved into my Child Versus the Unknown Universe series. I have found that acrylic paint is indescribably versatile and matches my personality. It has a lot of substance and gives me room to maneuver from a heavy brushstroke emphasizing the roughness of the fabric of nature to a gentle and soft touch for transparent layers, bringing fresh air and breathing room to the surface of a painting. Open House, Nancy Curry Acrylic with permanent ink on canvas, 6" × 12" (15cm × 30cm) Open House is part of my street series, inspired by a lifelong fascination with neighborhoods and my unrestrained imagination.
This does not mean that I paint exactly to the photo but use it as a reference for size and correct shape dimensions. I prefer variety in my painting so all genres such as nature, seascape, landscape, still life and portraiture are targets in my endeavor to improve my skills and achieve a higher standard. Don’t Be Afraid To Take Chances, Angela Bandurka Acrylic on canvas, 24" × 24" (61cm × 61cm) Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances was painted in my studio from life. Placing a bright light behind the scene made for a more dramatic setting and heightened the contrasts.