Discover Acrylic Painting Techniques
To Fill Your Paintings With Life!
The process of exploration is one of the most exciting things about acrylic painting. The excitement of a new discovery, and the possibilities for painting it make me jump up and down like a small child (possibly not far from the truth!).
Exploring the world around us allows us to discover some amazing moments. These "simple" moments, translated onto canvas through painting with acrylics, have kept food on my table for over 20 years. They keep me excited about life.
What excites you about your acrylic painting process? Is it the process of exploration and discovery? Preparing your surface? Actually getting into it? And what frustrates you? Mixing colors? Wrestling with your paintbrushes? Creating compositions that pop? Or even knowing when to stop?
Explore on this site:
the potential of acrylic paints
the way acrylic mediums work
how limiting your brushes can be a Good Thing
how improving your palette set up can improve your paintings
the simple complexity of a seascape
super realism techniques
how your underpainting can set up your piece
how to paint clouds, skyscapes and more
the colours of tropical & beach landscapes ▪
After 20 years of painting professionally, I have a lot of knowledge stuck in my head. Before old age causes this knowledge to disappear from my brain forever, I want to share it with you! Painting processes and techniques are something I feel should be accessible for everyone. No elitism here. Professional or beginner, we can all learn.
When I went to art college (longer ago than I care to remember) it seemed that unless there was angst, turmoil or negative emotion involved in the process, that there was no "art", or that the work was somehow not as "good". I have always rebelled at this way of thinking.
Growing up on the sunny, light-filled north coast of NSW in Australia, my world was (and still is) full of nature's magic and wonder. Celebrating the amazing nuances of light, shade, tone, colour and texture was for me the only way to go. And the feeling when it all comes together! That feeling is what it is all about.
The process of creating art should lift us up - inspire us; improve our lives, even enlighten us. And this, in a nutshell, is the focus of this website. Inspiring you to explore new techniques. To improve your acrylic painting processes, tools and workspace. To fill your images with light and life! And, most importantly, to have fun while you're at it.
Take some time out for yourself and really explore your love of acrylic painting. Your curiosity about the world will be refreshed.
So let’s get into it! It's a contact sport after all; let’s chuck some paint around!
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Acrylic Painting Techniques. Discover, Explore, Experiment! Your overview of some of the more popular acrylic painting techniques.
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Free Painting Lessons. These are Truly Free! Ever wanted to paint a beautiful, light filled beach landscape? Our free painting lessons will show you exactly how.
How To Paint Trees. Observation and Technique - The Key To Great Trees. How to paint trees. Train your eyes to find the patterns. Then, train your brush to make the patterns, and watch your trees come to life.
Painting a Gradation of Colour - Master This Fundamental Skill The basis of most successful paintings is gradation. Learn how to paint a gradation smoothly & efficiently.
Acrylic Glazing. A Match Made In Heaven. Discover how acrylic glazing techniques can make your paintings glow with light and life.
Impasto. Building Texture With Dollops of Fun. Thick, juicy gobs of colour. Impasto techniques will inspire spontaneity, depth and dimension.
Creating Textured Art Is Easier Than You Think. Textured art. Create some pizzazz by exploring the possibilities.
Painting Tools. You need the right tools for the job at hand. The right painting tools can make all the difference to your paintings. Learn which tools you need, and which you don't.
Realism Art. Are you a hyperrealist or a surrealist? Investigate your style. Realism art. “Isms” and “ists” are everywhere. Which “istism” fits you?
The Best Paint Does What You Want. Which is the best paint for you? Explore some of the characteristics & possibilities.
Paintbrushes. Your vital painting tools. Choose the best paintbrushes for you. Explore some possibilities you may not have considered.
Artist palette. The thing that holds your paint. Discover how choosing the right artist palette can make your work even better.
Stretcher Bar. A Versatile Framing Option. To stretch or not to stretch? Some points to consider when looking at the stretcher bar option.
Choosing Your Portable Easel - Practicalities, Ramifications and Some Other Big Explore some considerations when choosing a portable easel. Indoor, trekking or outdoor near vehicle access.
Your painting surface. Just what you chuck paint at?? Or….. Merely a painting surface? Or something to add dimension and interest? Let's explore.
Underpainting - What's The Big Deal? Discover three exciting possibilities of underpainting. Arrange your elements, give some texture and create colour that explodes.
Landscape Painting. A simple process to help get you started. Discover how landscape painting can be loads of fun, AND good for your soul.
Acrylic Sealer. Where and When? Not just a final coat. Know your acrylic sealer. Increase the longevity of your work, and support your painting processes. Find out how an acrylic sealer can make it easier and more fun.
Painting waves. Find the information you need to paint convincing, compelling w When you discover the nuances, painting waves with life and movement is exciting, easier and so much fun.
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Starting Up Smarter ebooklet This ebooklet is designed to take the pain out of your painting experience. To take the mystery out of your painting tools and truly understand their functions. Get yourself started up. Smarter.
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