Monday, March 26, 2012

Orange Fiesta


Yesterday I was hired to do a 2 hour painting demo at a local art supply store, A.I Friedman. I had a little audience and we chatted thru most of the demo, which is both good, (because it takes the pressure off), and sometimes a little distracting too. Sometimes when carrying on an ongoing conversation, I forget to squint, and then have to go back and make adjustments to my values. This painting done in acrylics, which dry really fast and I try to avoid having to re-do passages because the texture builds up with ridges from the brushstrokes, and for this style of painting, I don't want "dried paint" texture getting in my way. As I look at it I see little things I might have done differently but, I'll think I'll just move on and say... done! Next!

Orange Fiesta
Acrylic, 11x14"  Price on request



7 comments:

Anne said...

I love how the green from the plate is reflected in the pith of the orange

and I try to avoid having to re-do passages because the texture builds up with ridges from the brushstrokes,

oh so that's what does it. I recently took a sanding tool to an acrylic painting to take out some of the caking & ridges. Successful, but not for the faint of heart

Jerry Stocks said...

Great painting--did you mix all the different shades and tints of the orange? I am so impressed especially since this is acrylic paint.

Patti Mollica said...

hey anne - yeah, sometimes i like texture but not for this kind of painting. sometimes when i try to sand the acrylic to get the texture down it doesn't work, so i have to just put a bunch of layers of gesso over it, that usually does the trick.

Patti Mollica said...

jerry - yes, i did mix those different tints of orange, and orange can be a tricky color when you try to grey it down... but overall i think it works ok. i added a lot of yellow to the orange for the brightest parts. alizarin mixed into it gives a nice clean dark orange without getting muddy.

Anne said...

Thanks Patii. I have been using a clear gel medium as well. Helps with the acrylic "cellulite". lol

Sunny Avocado said...

Whenever a family member comes in and sits across from me while I'm painting and stays...I end up messing up whatever I'm working on. I do like to zone out (or in) and forget everything else. So, with all that going on around you, you did great! Love your color combo.

Nora MacPhail said...

Magnificent clean crisp painting. I like the green plate.
Happy painting.