April 20, 2012

Japanese Maple Tree - Acrylic Landscape Painting

Japanese Maple Tree
16"x20" (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Acrylic on stretched canvas, framed

In front of our first home there was a Japanese Maple Tree. We bought the house in November, and I had no idea that the naked twisty tree in the front yard could get so pretty and colorful (not many Japanese Maples in Italy, where I was coming from).

Spring is always a delight for me, and the first spring in the new house, I was so excited to discover what could be sprouting in the flower beds, what beautiful treasures were planted by strangers that lived there before us. There were tulips, daffodils, irises, but what really elated my heart was the little tree with the star shaped red leaves. A true delight.

When, more recently, I saw a picture of the Japanese Maple Tree from the Portland's Japanese garden, with those beautifully bent branches and bright leaves, it brought back cheerful memories, and renewed my sense of wonder for this amazing plant. I just had to paint it; and here it is. :)

I enjoyed using different acrylic painting techniques, like brushstrokes, painting knife, impasto, and glazing. How fun!
How a framed print would look like

Prints available at FineArtAmerica.com

April 2, 2012

Mare Aperto - Acrylic Seascape Painting

"Mare Aperto"  (Open Sea)
Acrylic on canvas board

Recently I heard many painters praising the the art of painting on location. I'm sure plein air painting has a special feel to it, the fact that you are there, breathing in the scene, and you can move even so slightly your head and perceive depth, lights and shadows at different levels makes a difference in the painting process and the end result.

Most of these fellow artists are oil painters. Unfortunately acrylics dry very quickly - and it is one of the reasons why I enjoy them, so I'm not complaining - and painting outdoors make them dry even faster. I tried painting en plein air with acrylics, but I found it extremely challenging: even using the Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder I had trouble keeping the paint fluid. Maybe one day I'll try oils, who knows?

Anyway, for this painting Mare Aperto, I sure wish I could have painted on location! During the all painting time I could almost hear the waves crushing and the breeze blowing. I was only looking at a photo, but it made me travel with my fantasy. :)

April 2012