|'Pink Poppy Profusion' 5x7 acrylic on panel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available on Etsy $50
One of the nice things about my newly organized studio is that I have easy access to all of my supplies and room to leave them out. I would like to get more proficient at both oils and acrylics but I know I need to paint with them often. So I decided to start with a subject and do a series. Here are a few. They are all 5x7 on gesso board panels. Here are some tips for trying a new medium.
|'Summer Blues' 4x4 acrylic on panel|
- Don't worry about investing in a lot of supplies. Use what you have or get a beginner set. Don't let the fear of getting the *right* supplies keep you from starting. Do realize though that the better supplies will be needed if you intend to pursue the medium. But it's ok to start playing with a minimum of supplies.
- Choose a simple subject to start with. I chose to paint some simple whimsical flowers. This allows me to learn about mixing colors, making brushstrokes and how the paint moves without me worrying about getting a perfect painting.
- Attitude is everything.....approach the new medium with the joy and wonder of a child. Don't worry about doing it the right way. Do it YOUR way.
- If you like the medium understand that it will take lots of paintings before you will get the results you want.....Be prepared to practice and don't be too hard on yourself.
- Have fun!