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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