Acrylic (from a photo), 15×30 Janet Rimmington, 2015
My first love has been watercolour painting, working on and off in the medium for many years. But after some prompting by a couple of painting friends, I’m trying to paint with acrylics. It has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Seems I can’t quite shake the watercolour painter out of me. But the greatest advantage of acrylics is that they are so forgiving.
This is my most recent piece and it a pretty big one (for me). And it represents a pretty big commitment of time. Several weeks. (I generally complete a watercolour in one sitting). I feel pretty happy with it. That is important because it is already spoken for and will likely hang in a place where I will see it regularly. It would be nice to be able to enjoy that, and not have it haunt me. If you know what I mean.
I worked from a photo which explains all the lovely green (not easily found in Lunenburg in February). And not a snowflake in sight!! For that reason alone, it has been a lovely diversion…. it feels more like July. Or… as Vincent Van Gogh has been quoted:
I dream my painting, and
Then I paint my dream.