Mississhippi's Madness

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Painting: Crabapples in Acrylic

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I have had a hankering to play with acrylics for a while now, so yesterday I pulled out my paints and some canvases – and realised I needed to gesso them before getting started – how frustrating!

But today, thankfully after some sunny weather to help dry the gesso, I have started. There are two images I want to paint, but I am starting out with a still life just to get back into using the acrylics again.

Using Yellow Oxide and water I have completed the underpainting.  No time to continue with it today, but I am so glad to have made a start.

This is where I stopped after about half an hour of tweaking and making sure I had the position about right. I wasn’t so happy with the tone of the background and shadows so I tweaked some more…

I think I have lost some of tone in the apples and need some more lights in them – so I stopped tweaking 🙂

But I can solve a lot of that once I start using colour.

I am glad I have made the effort to use the acrylics again. I only had a short amount of time that I could do this in today, but I decided that if I didn’t start  I wouldn’t start at all! It is so easy to put off something – procrastination is an old friend – but I have set my mind to getting some more work done, not just pastels, and I now have to right frame of mind and the time to do it.

Step by step is better than no steps at all.


Author: Elaine

Artist, writer, married, mother, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and winning (most of the time). My creative impulses have led me to drawing, pastel painting, writing, handcrafts and photography.

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