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golden gardians

15” x 30” | acrylic on canvas - brushwork only | Renown collection

© 2004-2009 David McCamant. All rights reserved. No license implied or granted.
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Your paintings have a quality that draws me in. I can't explain it but I just love them.
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gombez's avatar
this great like the atmospher your work is awesome!
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BenHammonds's avatar
This is very pretty, your use of light and color makes me think of Maxfield Parrish, one of my favorites.
Great work
Aikimoon's avatar
Smooth colour transition and soft edges in acrylics? How do you do it?! Seriously, how DO you do it? I'm having a real headache getting the hang of acrylics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi Iain,

Acrylics are a challenge; the best advice I can give is to start with a Masterson’s Sta-Wet palette. It has a synthetic sponge and special palette paper. This palette will keep your paint workable for weeks. You’ll need a spray bottle that delivers a fine mist, a few sizes of house painting brushes for acrylics (the good ones with frayed soft ends at least a 2” and 3”;), and artist grade acrylics (I use Daniel Smith brand).

So the first thing to keep in mind when working with acrylics is hydration. You will need to keep the support moist to get good results. Let’s start with you dark sky color. Spray the canvas with a light coat of water and brush it in a bit. Then add your dark sky color with a big brush covering the whole area. Now using your lighter horizon color, paint it in from the horizon up past where you want your transition. Mist the transition area with water then taking the house painting brush blend the two together with very light criss-crossing strokes using just the tips of the bristles. This will blend the two nicely. If the transition is not quite smooth enough, let the canvas dry and repeat the process over the first layer. I’ve sometimes had 5 or 6 layers to get the smoothness I wanted.

You use a similar method for softening edges. Just place the base color down first then add the transitional color, mist then blend carefully. I hope this helps you a bit. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Have Fun,

Aikimoon's avatar
THANK YOU!! You've no idea how helpful that was! I imagine the process would be similar for painting on board or paper. Most people I've asked for advice just tell me to work really fast, so thank you for providing actual, practical advice.
David-McCamant's avatar
Hi Iain, My pleasure to help. On paper you would need to follow the rules of water color; stretched paper that is. When painting acrylics on board, make sure you have a good 2 or 3 coats of acrylic gesso. Then I tint the whole thing with a neutral gray acrylic. If you don't give it an overall coat, the gesso will soak up a lot of water out of the paint.

Have Fun,

Schatten-Drache's avatar
For my taste a bit to much golden but great colors!
Creedysgirl's avatar
Your work reminds me very much of the Brothers Hildebrandt who did a lot of illustrations for Tolkein's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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