Here is one of the new style Acrylic paintings that I have been working on the last few days. An Acrylic painting can look rather untidy during the creation process as Acrylics can dry so quickly. Once the Canvas is fully covered I then move on to defining the detail which softens the looser application of the underlayers.
My new style Acrylic paintings use a selection of mediums mixed with colour to create a very Individual painting and for this portrait I have mixed the Acrylic paints with a Heavy Gel to create a texture to the Artwork. The next stage is to refine the painting, working with an ultra thin brush and applying the paint using a 'wet in wet' technique to ensure the edges are smoothed out more and the final look offers vibrancy, strong colour and realism.
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For the last few weeks, I have been working on a few acrylic paintings and thought I would share with you progress so far on them. An acrylic painting begins with a tonal base layer, which primes the canvas, ready for the addition of detail. Every painting is individual, as I sometimes include mediums, providing additional texture and colour. Here are some of the subjects I am currently working on.
There are more portraits planned for 2016 and I will add more to this news page as regularly as possible. If you would like to book your own acrylic portrait, you can find out more on my ACRYLICS ART GALLERY page. I have also recently introduced a FRAMING service alongside my paintings, to provide customers with the full package. You can be sure that your painting has been created, using the best quality, lightfast products and the frame is safely & securely applied, allowing you to enjoy your portrait for many years to come.
If you wish to ask for a no-obligation quote or book your portrait, a form can be found at the bottom of the acrylics page. Simply fill in the form and get a reply within hours.
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2016 sees the introduction of a range of frames that can be booked with all my 3mm acrylic paintings. Every frame has been hand picked by myself, to offer a wide range of colours & styles, which will suit any painting. There are also a few FSC/PEFC frames to choose from, which are mouldings made with wood taken from sustainable sources. Click on either image below to go to my FRAMING page.
Having recently returned from a long break in my old hometown of Chesterfield, Derbyshire (note all the frame names!), I took a visit to my framers to pick out the frame for my current painting and thought I would share a few images. This is a painting of our Springer Spaniel called Casper, (who simply loves swimming) - as I now live on the coast of Northumberland, I wanted a 'washed' effect frame and so went for the 'Highfield' option. The cream frame does not overpower the tones in the painting, whilst the pewter coloured edge frames the subject perfectly.
As an old news post, some mouldings may have been discontinued.
By Boxing day, I was itching to get the paints out, so selected a favourite photograph of our Springer Spaniel Casper, which I took one day when we were out walking, and he went for a swim in the local lake. I have spent some time researching suitable surfaces and settled on the Ampersand boards, which are handcrafted in the USA. Specifically chosen due to their commitment to high quality products, sustainability, animal friendly and archival principles. The Gessobord option is available in either 3mm (uncradled) or 22mm (cradled) board and the Pastelbord and Aquabord options, are only available in the 3mm. Acrylics do not need to be framed behind glass, and the 22mm cradled board can be hung without the need for a frame. Every painting is varnished with a coating of a gloss or satin varnish, which helps to protect the painting for many years to come. Glass can be included if you plan on hanging your painting in heavy traffic areas, for extra protection.
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.
If you are thinking of booking a painting, but want to find out more, visit my COMMISSIONS page or view more of my work on the ACRYLIC gallery page, which provides visual images of sizes and pricing.
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Karen M Berisford
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