Sparrow painting: exploring acrylics

Recently, I have been experimenting with acrylics, taking a break from oils. I have a friend who is a wonderful photographer, and with her permission used part of a photo she took as a reference (photo was by K. Gasper) for a bird painting in acrylics.

My impressions of acrylic versus oils:

I enjoyed the incredible detail that I could get with the acrylics and how quickly it dried, so that building up layers was easier. What was hard was that I couldn’t blend as easily (the sky took forever, I actually touched it up a bit with a light layer of oils afterwards).

The painting went a lot faster (I was done with most of it in a few hours of painting, because I didn’t have to wait for a layer to dry first). Cleanup was a lot faster and easier, too (just water) and there was no chemical smell from the solvents used with oils.

I will be trying some more experiments with acrylics in the next few weeks.

Published by yeshuaschildart

Professional artist specializing in oil paintings of birds and nature.

One thought on “Sparrow painting: exploring acrylics

  1. It’s just getting used to them and practicing blending with them. I use acrylics in life sessions and sometimes find that acrylics dont dry fast enough.
    I like the volume you’ve got in the bird – like it’s just ruffled its feathers.

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