Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Are Acrylics For Me?

Everyone starts a new year making resolutions. Most of the people I know make resolutions about diets and losing weight. Since I have never had a problem with weight, I start out the new year with a list of things I would like to do or accomplish. This year, I decided to make a move towards acrylics. Having worked with oils most of my life and watercolors for the past three years, I thought another water-based medium might be fun. Acrylics have the look of oils without the mess and odor.

I heard a lot about a teacher and have seen the results of a couple of friends that have taken his class. My first two classes involved a very boring exercise. It frustrated me, but I was still excited about getting the paint on the canvas. I am trying to keep an open mind and I am determined to learn from this man. If that was not enough, I enrolled today for another acrylic class at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

For the most part in oils, as well as watercolor, I tend to paint in a realistic manner. I decided that I would set myself free and do something abstract with acrylic. I had taken a closeup of some plants which looked abstract and had beautiful colors. I used that photo as my inspiration......and here is the final result. Come back and check as I progress in this new medium.




  1. Rosie,
    I am so glad we finally met in person a few weeks ago.

    As for you taking Baruj's class - keep on going! You will slowly get results, "sueltate!" The effects are already showing in the painting you show here.

    How about trying the same exercise on paper? You would be surprised how different it can feel. I would love to see the results of that experiment!

    Angeline Marie

  2. Thanks, Angeline! As you know, you have no choice BUT "soltarte" in his class. He can change your canvas in 2 seconds with that spray bottle:-) I am in his class with an open mind.

    I will continue to blog my progress.

    Thanks for sharing,