Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Bouquet iii", acrylic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Bouquet iii", acrylic painting, 12 x 16"

This is a step-by-step demo I did with my mixed media class and my advanced watermedia class. It is a 'Sharon' take on a Bob Burridge class exercise. It was a good way to demonstrate the flexibility of acrylics. The painting was begun by splattering dots of yellow, pink and blue on watercolour paper. After this dried, we drew the vase and table shape and then glazed the table with an orange made from the yellow and pink. The vase had a translucent veil of light blue floated on and then the stems in the water were painted wet on wet. Next an opaque of blue and white was made (no water in the paint) and the flower shapes were painted negatively. Lastly the flowers and leaves were suggested in a random way with transparents and opaques. This great exercise showed the three ways acrylics can be used; transparently as glazes and washes, translucently in thin watery opaque washes and opaquely with thicker paint, as well as stressing negative painting.

Enjoy!

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7 comments:

MariasWatercolor said...

Sharon, this is a wonderful painting, I appreciate you going over how it was made, there is so much to learn in the life of an artist!

Sharon said...

Thanks Maria; I am glad that you got something from it.

Brenda Ferguson said...

Such a vibrant lively painting, Sharon! Thanks for taking the time to explain how it was done. I can never get enough of learning about the process.

Anonymous said...

Hi sharon -- do you have step-by-step photos? I'm curious to see what the very first step (splattering) looked like.
Thanks -- this is a lovely cheerful piece!
Holly

Sharon said...

Hi Anonymous!! That sounds funny -sorry. One of my students did take a photo, I will try to get it and post it when I post the next one of these soon.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this! I tried looking for the pictures to see the steps but couldn't find them. I'm a beginner and this seems difficult for me but I want to try to see if I could do something similar. Any extra help would be appreciated!

Sharon Lynn Williams said...

Sorry but I don't seem to have any step by step photos. Basically you just splatter in different colours to your hearts content. Let each colour dry before beginning a new colour so it doesn't make mud. If you enlarge the phot you will see areas in the flower part where there are just dots of colour on a white background -that is what the page looked like all over at the end of the splatter stage. Hope this helps!