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Layering with oil and acrylic

I’m a little behind with posts this week. The house is in chaos as we are decorating. Paint and more paint! It is interesting that I have become much bolder in my interior design colour choices since starting the course!

Last weekend my dad gave me a lesson in one of the painting techniques he uses which I was interested in as it involves layering with different media, and we covered layering on module one of this course. Dad and I have never spent time together on a hobby like this before so I’m thrilled we’re able to enjoy this together. We jointly painted the canvas below, sharing each task as dad explained how to do it and why.

The background suggestion of foliage is achieved by dabbing white acrylic with a screwed up paper towel, focusing a concentrated amount where the sun / moonlight needs to be bursting through the trees. Black and grey acrylics are then applied with a sponge tool and brush to create the trees, bushes and pathway. Once the acrylic dried we applied liquid clear over the canvas to allow the oil to move around the canvas freely. We then applied two different blues, green, indian yellow and crimson to add the colour. For the sun / moonlight, we gently worked additional white oil over the concentration of acrylic white, dragging a few lines out to suggest rays of light.

I was surprised how fast this method of painting is – probably 2 hours in all. It taught me you can achieve a lot by the suggestion of what you are seeing, allowing the eye/brain to fill in the rest. We discussed composition and the trees leaning in to where the path leads to draw the eye through the painting. I can see how this technique would translate to charcoal and pastel, for example gently lifting it off where you want the light to appear. I’m not sure how you would achieve this in pencil so this is something I need to go away and explore.