A simple tip for Acrylic Artists.

Acrylic painting, Advice, Animal illustrations, Anne D'Alton's Artworks, buildings, Landscap[es, Original Artwork., Signed by the Artist

      One of the problems  facing acrylic artists is that this type of paint often dries out too quickly.    Artists who work in acrylics ( as I do, albeit occasionally) know how frustrating it is when you leave a specially mixed colour, for even a short time, to find on your return, that the paint on the palette, is now as hard as a rock,  totally unworkable and, therefore, quite useless……

      Having seen artists try to keep their acrylics moist via the useBreton Longere of cling film,  kitchen foil and assorted covers, which worked for a couple of hours but not much longer, I have a solution that works very well, even in the summer heat of my Breton Studio.   That is, to place the palette, plate, and so forth, on which you have mixed the paints, in a (preferably) clear plastic box that has a tightly fitting lid.    This container will keep the acrylics moist and totally useable for several days.   I use the container for a brand of chocolates (covered in gold foil) that are extremely popular at Christmas, for this purpose, and it has never let me down.   I hope this tip will be of use to you.

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A Slight Change of View.

Advice, Anne D'Alton's Artworks, buildings, illustrtation, ink, ink drawing, Original Artwork., Signed by the Artist

       I always enjoy drawing buildings, but, sometimes, as in this case, the main body of the castle wall, wasn’t particularly interesting, so, I took the liberty of  adding two towers in the background, each with a conical roof.   This gave more depth and dimension to the actual entrance and, it gave the illustration, ink on paper, more for the viewer to focus upon and to digest.

       This type of “improvement” if you like, can be applied to many situations.   You do NOT always have to draw exactly what is in front of you.   If a view looks better without that hump of land in the middle of it, exclude it.   If you feel a tree could be “moved aside” in your work, then move (or remove) it.         Art is the artist’s viewpoint: it is not (unless you wish it to be) a photograph.    Do not be afraid to enhance your work, if you see fit.      But please, please, avoid drawing or painting, what you think a work should depict. This latter particularly applies to landscape artists who have a predeliction for illustrating all hills and mountains as enormous spiked edifices and all water (river, lake, pond, even the sea) as being flat calm……

       Be flexible  yet  imaginative in your  artwork.    You are the judge of the final drawing or painting should look like.   And on that last point, I appeal AGAIN, to all artists to remember to take a break and stand well back from your work, at least every 20 minutes.   Otherwise you will will plough on regardless, often with quite disasterous results……..   Castle Galway