A major difference between acrylics and pastel is the time it takes. I've just finished the acrylic painting shown below and it took me close to three full days to do this. Maybe it will be faster when I get more used to the medium - it's still taking me quite a while to mix up the colours I need.
Continuing the exploration of acrylic paints, I did the painting shown below of the hill across the valley from my house. This one went a lot better than the last one. It's on a new canvas, rather than recycled like the previous. The paint seemed to flow onto the canvas much more easily, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of blending.
I've done another acrylic painting. Not really happy with it. The composition and drawing are ok, but I feel I have a long way to go with the techniques of using acrylic paints.
I used an old canvas that had already been used for an unsuccessful attempt at acrylic painting some years ago. I think this was a mistake as the painting ended up with too many layers of paint, to the point that the canvas weave couldn't even be seen in some places.
"The Farmer's Track" is a view across the valley from my home in Pukerua Bay. The colour and the contrast are a bit exaggerated, but I think it makes a dramatic composition. I'm not sure about the sky though - the skyline is too close to the mid height of the picture. I may yet cut off part of the sky to make it a more pleasing composition.
If you're wondering where the track is, it's the horizontal lines towards the upper right side of the hills.
I'm a self taught artist, attempting to make a living from my art. This blog will include ramblings on any subject I feel like, hopefully mostly art related.