September 24, 2012

Vibrant Tree Acrylic Painting

Vibrant Tree
6" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas

I found this amazing and inspiring book on acrylic painting at my local library: Vibrant Acrylics, by Hashim Akib. Oh, was I inspired!
I know I have a long way to go before I can paint as vibrantly, loosely, and instinctively as Hashim Akib, but I simply love his technique of starting from colored grounds and let the paint mix on the canvas. I painted this small tree following his tips and advice.

My colored base is mixed from cerulean blue, phtalo green, and titanium white and I let it see through in between brushstrokes. I love how that effect can unify a painting.
It turns out the book was only a 14 day lease, and someone else had it booked it so I could not renew it so I had to return the book to the library. Considering to make the purchase...

September 19, 2012

Cow on Swisse Alps - Acrylic Landscape

"High Pastures"
18" x 24" (45.7 cm x 61 cm)
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

It as been good getting back to the easel after too many months. I thought I forgot how to paint, I felt so rusty. But that subsided soon, thank Goodness, and the usual fun that I get with each new painting kicked in. Yay! :)

Life is still too busy for my likings, some days I totally feel overwhelmed by the need of taking care of too many things. When I carve out the time to dip my brushes in paint and get creative, I forget about everything else and I enjoy it so much. :)

I painted High Pastures for the painting challenge of A Day Not Wasted. Thanks Lee Brown for sharing your beautiful photos with artists and creating these stimulating challenges! I learned a lot painting my first cow and first mountains. It makes me want to paint more.

I enjoyed painting this landscape so much that I even wrote an article about it, explaining the process step by step. 

Prints available at
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September 9, 2012

What to Paint: Things To Decide Before Starting a Painting

9"x12" Acrylic on Canvas
The success of a painting often is already decided before the first brushstroke hits the canvas.

Even for artists that don't like too much planning and preparatory work, and prefer to jump right in and start painting, following their instincts - and this is very much how I am - there are many decisions that must be made before and during the creative process. Each decision can drastically change the look and the overall feeling of the paint.

Many questions musy be answered by the artist, consciously or not:
  • What am I going to paint?
  • What mood and feelings am I going to convey?
  • What kind of shapes and lines will I use in my composition?
  • What size will my painting support, my brushstrokes, and my color areas be?
  • What paint medium(s) will I use?
  • What techniques and textures will I incorporate?
  • What color scheme will I follow?
 I wrote an article about  this critical process "What to Paint: Things To Decide Before Starting a Painting".  You can read the complete article on