Military Significant Others and Spouse Support - MilitarySOS.com
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Acrylic Painting

  1. No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    AmandaA's Avatar
    AmandaA is offline
    No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    9,820
    Blog Entries
    15
    #1

    Acrylic Painting

    Advertisements
    I've been kinda playing with acrylics lately. It's pretty soothing and helps keep me sane. I just can't seem to trust myself with my own skills, what are some good exercises, things to do to get more comfortable and get better?
  2. MilitarySOS Jewel
    Anthiea's Avatar
    Anthiea is offline
    MilitarySOS Jewel
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    5,774
    #2
    Just practice. Try some still lives and don't worry if you mess up. You can just paint over it.

    ~Art Page~
    Germy = wifey
  3. Eye
    Master Caster
    Eye's Avatar
    Eye is offline
    Master Caster
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Smithton, MO
    Posts
    7,517
    Blog Entries
    1
    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaClaire View Post
    Just practice. Try some still lives and don't worry if you mess up. You can just paint over it.
    HA! I never THOUGHT of that. Great advice!
  4. No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    AmandaA's Avatar
    AmandaA is offline
    No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    9,820
    Blog Entries
    15
    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaClaire View Post
    Just practice. Try some still lives and don't worry if you mess up. You can just paint over it.
    Thanks! I'll remember that! Anything else you'd suggest to a beginner?
  5. MilitarySOS Jewel
    Anthiea's Avatar
    Anthiea is offline
    MilitarySOS Jewel
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    5,774
    #5
    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaA View Post
    Thanks! I'll remember that! Anything else you'd suggest to a beginner?
    Fruit or flowers are always an easier start. You could try to master shading by draping cloth behind your still life and try to paint what you see. Try not to be worried if yours doesn't look realistic. I prefer abstract painting anyway .

    ~Art Page~
    Germy = wifey
  6. No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    AmandaA's Avatar
    AmandaA is offline
    No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    9,820
    Blog Entries
    15
    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaClaire View Post
    Fruit or flowers are always an easier start. You could try to master shading by draping cloth behind your still life and try to paint what you see. Try not to be worried if yours doesn't look realistic. I prefer abstract painting anyway .
    I am too, it's more therapeutic than realistic I've found.
  7. Team Rocket
    rocket_lizz's Avatar
    rocket_lizz is offline
    Team Rocket
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    San Diego!!!
    Posts
    9,069
    #7
    I did a lot of painting in high school/college.
    I used to find pretty, almost-abstract looking pics in magazines (a mountain with cool shadows, veggies on a cutting board) and just practice trying to get the shading right.

    I don't know why but my brain has a really hard time accepting that shadows/highlights change the color of things. Like the blue/gold dress thing Although I can rationalize that white in shadows might look blueish, I would still try to paint it as white and then add shadow on top, which doesn't really work with paints.
    WiggleWiggle~ is my Wifey
  8. No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    AmandaA's Avatar
    AmandaA is offline
    No longer seeing where it goes, I'm in the driver's seat.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    9,820
    Blog Entries
    15
    #8
    Quote Originally Posted by rocket_lizz View Post
    I did a lot of painting in high school/college.
    I used to find pretty, almost-abstract looking pics in magazines (a mountain with cool shadows, veggies on a cutting board) and just practice trying to get the shading right.

    I don't know why but my brain has a really hard time accepting that shadows/highlights change the color of things. Like the blue/gold dress thing Although I can rationalize that white in shadows might look blueish, I would still try to paint it as white and then add shadow on top, which doesn't really work with paints.
    That's my issue too lol I guess I'm a little too literal in a way?
  9. Senior Member
    Gurlhan's Avatar
    Gurlhan is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Germany!
    Posts
    459
    #9
    Like everyone else has said, practice, practice, practice.

    I've been using acrylic since HS but stopped for a long time. When I finally got back into it, I found it easier to paint nature. Clouds, trees, flowers, etc. I also like working with shadows and highlights. I've been in a water color phase lately but I'm just no good at that medium. More practicing!

    A few of my older works when I got back into acrylic:





    Please share some of your work when you are done. I love seeing all the great artwork on here.
  10. Vex
    I'm not superstitious, but I am a little-stitious.
    Vex's Avatar
    Vex is offline
    I'm not superstitious, but I am a little-stitious.
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    496
    Blog Entries
    1


    #10
    I'm actually going to be trying painting myself. I'm not sure if it "counts" since it's one of those wine-and-painting events, but I figure it's a fun way to get my feet wet and see if I like it. I may take it up as a hobby if I enjoy it.

    Gurlhan, your paintings are so cool. I love the couple in twilight.
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •