Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Busting a Painting Myth/ Breaking a Painting Rule during 30 Paintings in 30 Days January 2016

"Ablaze"            Framed Acrylic, 6x6"
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Framed in a wood float frame with a gold finish
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I realized and (re)learned some things this month that maybe someone else out there could use to hear, too. 

Paint Your Own Way, i.e. It's OK to Mess with the Paint~

I've been in this Daily Painting crowd for awhile now.  There are some great painters there.  And some myths.  So many teachers say, "Put the stroke down and leave it alone."  Which does lead to beautiful brushwork.  I will not argue that. But, I am ready to argue it is not the only way to paint!  It is only one style.  And any style has its benefits and its limitations.

Layering, glazing, and putting a stroke down and messing with it are also acceptable methods of painting.  They all have their place in my world, and acrylics lend themselves wonderfully to all three techniques.  I have used all three techniques during this 30 Paintings in 30 days and have been able to achieve effects I wanted that I never, hear this, never would have been able to achieve by leaving the original brushstrokes alone!

Have you ever watched John Hammond paint acrylics?  To me, he is the master, and in his video, I see him over and over putting down some paint and then working with it!

Remembering to glaze when needed has been one of the gifts of this 30 in 30 for me.  Remembering how to work with strokes already put down and learning new ways to work with those strokes, especially to make skies happen, has been another gift of this past month.

I want all my artist friends to be free--to paint--the way that works for them!

If you're painting, Happy Painting, and everyone, thanks for Watching...

and thanks to Robyn (Ro) Lovelock at PMP for the use of Simon's wonderful photo that inspired the above painting.


Cathy Engberg said...

So True! So many ways to paint. I love that you wrote about that. And your painting is ABLAZE with color! Wonderful.

Hope you are enjoying the 30 in 30!

Sherri Cassell said...

Beautiful painting! I agree that there is definitely more than one technique that works, everyone is different. A technique that works for one may not work for another but what matters is the finished piece.

Sharon L. Graves said...

You totally knocked it out of the park with this Meredith. I see such a change in your work with this challenge. Your message is absolutely correct. We can all use to remember your message to paint the way you paint.

carol edan said...

Wow what a striking sky.. and all the variations...Marvelous!!!

will write more on ways to paints etc in an email.

Meredith Adler said...

Cathy, thank you for the compliment and for being here to see and read what I've been doing. I so appreciate your support, especially about there being different ways to paint!

Thank you, Sherri, for visiting and for your compliment. So glad you seem to relate to the message I was trying to get across.

Sharon, thank you so much for such a nice comment, and so glad you agree with my points here. Means a lot coming from another acrylic painter :)

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Carol, you must have been commenting while I was doing my thanks! I am so glad you like this sky, and will look forward to your email!!

Cindy Gillett said...

Gorgeous rich colors...just beautiful Meredith!

Unknown said...

Love what you are doing, and remember rules are made to be broken :)

Doug Wasilieff said...

Different strokes for different folks! It amazes me how some people think their way is the best way. You have to do what works for you. You are doing just that, Meredith. Keep em coming!

Nelvia said...

Haven't forgotten you, just in a computer learning curve. Ok what are the blue color, like,them and the fact it accentuates the sky. Will send a message over the weekend and maybe we can set some things up. Hear it is going to,be nicer there this weekend than last!!

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