‘Dry Gold’ – autumn on the prairie edge

This was the start of a wonderful (scary) adventure. Acrylics are opposite of watercolors, not quite as opposite as nasty smelling oil paint would be, but close.

In the watercolor world- white is given, easily lost, and never regained. Paper gives the white and with a wash gone wrong it will be lost. The less pigment used on a watercolor the more magic it has -as the light passes through transparent hues and bounces off the paper and back to your eye. In my mind, adding an opaque white is cheating a bit- but I’ve definitely done it since I don’t (yet) use masking fluid.

The acrylic world can be very large, or very small. Think your living room walls or that hand painted key chain from who-knows-where. Acrylic is riding close to oils without the smells and messy cleanup. Acrylic also allows light (colors, feelings, reflections) to be added after darks as highlight. So when given the charge to try out a large painting for my brother (and soon to be sister-in-law)’s home, I jumped at the chance to try my hand at acrylic. As most things. I learned along the way with tides of success and failure.

The general subject of my painting is the following photograph, from an adventure in October 2009 to the Konza Prairie Preserve, just outside of Manhattan, Kansas. Progress pictures follow as the painting unfolds on a 36″x48″ canvas.

studio setup

blocking in the sky

color blocking in ground tones

shadowy potential

adding in the ‘swarm’

branching out

addition of foreground detail

creating depth through the trees

adding foreground detail

painting finished in ‘studio’ space

check out the available 8×10 archival print on Etsy in my shop – http://www.etsy.com/listing/79250553/dry-gold-8×10-acrylic-painting-print