And what do they all have in common? They are all done with acrylic painting techniques.
Peter Drake’s Mother W/Out is an unusual but fairly uncomplicated composition that makes the viewer question if the figure is real or a figment. The way the artist has diluted the paint near the back of the head and along the edges of the dress give the figure almost transparent edges. The paint loses body and becomes lighter in some areas, and maintains its density toward the core of the figure’s body.
A Bigger Splash is an iconic image from David Hockney, and one that shows the typical characteristics of acrylic paint with its flat slabs of lively color. Enough said!
Take any work of Jose Manuel Ballester and you will feel so much in spite of yourself. The works are starkly monochromatic and almost plain in their lack of any kind of ornamentation, but there is so much energy there. In Untitled, notice how deft the artist is when it comes to painting with acrylics, as the surface of the painting is both built up and almost wash-like in different passages.
In Naomi Campbell’s Those Little Understood, the artist started painting with acrylics and added water-soluble oils that allowed her to layer quick brushstrokes over her ground without disturbing its surface. Although more of a sketch than anything else, the painting has a good grasp on muted colors without being dull or boring.
What intrigued me about all of these paintings is that while they may have all been created with one type of paint, that is where the unity ends. There is such a diversity in these artists’ methods that the only way to really understand them is to steep myself in all kinds of acrylic painting techniques–not just one kind. And that is where Chris Cozen’s ArtistsNetwork.tv workshop, Top 10 Acrylic Painting Techniques, comes in. The technical painting know-how is there in this video lesson and if you are seeking insights into painting essentials, this is a “must” for you. Enjoy!