By Nancy Reyner

A tribute to the expressiveness of contemporary artists and the superb versatility of the medium, AcrylicWorks positive aspects 126 modern masterpieces. This wonderful assortment covers a variety of types and matters from intimate graphics and ultra-realistic natural world work to sweeping landscapes and impressive abstracts. Captions show the original artistic tale in the back of every bit and provide suggestions and strategies from most sensible acrylic artists.

Arguable no different medium deals one of these breadth of artistic possibilities, from obvious veils of colour to juicy impasto strokes. Acrylics let artists the liberty to maneuver from layer to layer fast and intuitively, with out watching for paint to dry...or, while used with ingredients, time to paintings the paint for wet-into-wet functions. mixed with coloured pencil, oil, college, gels, pastes, and a wealth of different complementary mediums, the possibilities for texture and experimentation are never-ending. The results—as you are going to see...

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I believe my work captures the spirit and inner essence of the animal subjects I paint through my bold use of color. Gayla, Mary K. Rohde Acrylic on cotton canvas, 36" × 24" (91cm × 61cm) Gayla was painted from a photograph. I love animals and often shoot photos of them. I am always looking for some type of conveyance of emotion from my animal friends. Gayla represents that awkward feeling one may have felt when growing up—an adolescent dog who is not yet sure of her elegance, only of her legs and big paws.

Light and shadow create drama and movement—for me it’s about that fleeting moment—I see it everywhere in the landscape. This painting was challenging because of the perspective of the tree branch and capturing the shadows on the barn. ” —Anda J. Styler VooDoo Steps Out, John Walker Acrylic on hardboard with textured background 32" × 24" (81cm × 61cm) While the model was taking a break, I made the offhand suggestion that she try posing with her little dog, VooDoo. The resulting scene was more interesting than the one we had originally been working on.

I wanted to express the Honu (as the Hawaiians call him) in a state of joy, basking in the sunlit Pacific Ocean surrounded by moon jellies, one of his favorite foods. I included several bubbles to add the sense of movement. To add to the magical quality of this image, I added lens flare that you would see from refracted light on a camera. This was achieved by placing circle stencils of varying sizes all over the painting and lightly drybrushing color over them. “When painting underwater art, use a coarse brush to lightly splatter the suggestion of sediment in the water.

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