By Boxing day, I was itching to get the Acrylics out and picked out a favourite photograph of our Springer Spaniel Casper, swimming around in water. I have spent some time researching Acrylic surfaces and settled on the Ampersand boards, created in the USA, due to their commitment to high quality, sustainability, animal friendly and archival principles with their products. The Gessobords I use are either 3mm (uncradled) or 22mm (cradled) board - although Acrylics can be framed behind glass, it is not required and the 22mm cradled board is normally hung without a frame offering a contemporary finish to a painting. Every painting is varnished with a double coating of a UV polymer varnish to protect the final painting for many years to come (museum glass will add even further protection if added)
The 4 progress images shown above offers an example of how my Acrylic paintings are put together. They begin with a base wash and follow with a 'blocking in' stage (Image top left) where I fill the whole board with colour and place all the important points of the image. The next stage is 'defining' these areas (mid left) and the next stage, which takes the longest is 'refining' these sections (bottom left and main image) I have mostly worked on Casper, ensuring the finer details are defined but will be working the water movement and tones a lot more before I finalise the painting with the Varnish. He will then be ready for framing.
Acrylic paintings can be commissioned from as little as £140 and if you are thinking of booking one with me but wish to find out more, you can visit my COMMISSIONS page or visit the ACRYLIC gallery which offers sizing and pricing at the bottom of the page.
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Karen M Berisford