"Harvest" - 8x10" - Acrylic on Canvasboard
Price: $1 Reserve. View Auction >
Still trying to come to grips with these blasted acrylics, but I really enjoyed painting this this afternoon. Where I take the kids to swimming lessons after school they have an orchard so today I took my paints along and did this as Luke chatted away to me while hanging from trees, exploring the area and making me time him running up and down the sunny rows of mandarin trees.
I still think this would look a lot better in oils, but in the end I did enjoy the power of the colour coming through the initial washes. The biggest artistic decision here was to make the dark shadows under the trees a slightly lighter purplish-gray as it receded in order to add more interest and help define the space better. I'm trialling all sorts of acrylics at the moment and these ones were Atelier Interactive Acrylics from Chroma. I thought the colours seemed a little easier to mix than the Golden Open Acrylics, but that's probably more to do with the colour characteristics I'm used to in my oils rather than any deficiency in the Golden Open Acrylics. Only thing I don't like about the Atelier paints is they seem to have a slight smell of ammonia about them. Checking the safety data sheets I found the ammonia content of these paints listed as <1% whereas the Golden Open ammonia content is listed as <0.2%.
That first auction I put up the other day seems to be going alright so far, so I thought I would offer this painting up for auction to, again at the $1 reserve. At the moment it's hanging over the fireplace so at least I'll get to enjoy it for a few days before I have to send it off. I've never painted a scene like this before and at the moment I'm really chuffed with it. (That will no doubt change, as it usually does, but right now I'm a happy chappy.)
The leaves were a real challenge in this but I just forced myself to keep squinting and painted what I saw when I was squinting - big shapes of colour.
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