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Acrylic Made Easy: Still Lifes

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Painting with acrylic is very satisfying. The paint itself is non-toxic and easy to mix with water. Clean-up is easy, and once the paint dries you're able to layer the paint to give more depth or contrast.

In Acrylic Made Easy: Still Lifes, Varvara Harmon gives the foundational tips to beginning artists. You begin your still life with a loose sketch. The author uses a medium tone color but I usually use a pencil that I can paint over. Using acryrlic paint, you begin filling in your sketch.

I like to add the medium tones first and then contour the art with darker tones—adding shadows and contrast where needed. 

The last thing I do is add the highlights to the piece.

Images excerpted from Acrylic Made Easy: Still Lifes

By using different techniques you can create a smooth object, or give the impression of an imperfect flower leaf, or make a stream ripple along it's rocky path.

What still life would you like to paint?

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

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