Thursday, June 30, 2016

292: Painting with Markers


–AFTER my abstract painting reception (tonight at 8pm) I will be starting a new project. A few weeks ago I went on a plein air trip and experimented with painting with acrylic markers. Although I lacked a full palette of colors I had good results and decided to combine daily painting with plein air painting using markers–a combination that employs drawing skills with the discipline of daily painting.

I use the term daily loosely as I intend to paint an average of four small paintings a week. Most daily painters are not dogmatic about numbers–the idea is to create good paintings on a regular basis. It is the kind of discipline I need to push my plein air work forward.

Below is a video showing how I prepared empty acrylic markers for work in the field using Golden High Flow Acrylics. Let me know what you think.



Brad Teare –June 2016

9 comments:

  1. Brad, this is a unique idea! I'll be interested in knowing if the tips dry out.

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    1. Hi Vicki. They have never dried out so far. You do need to keep the caps on when not in use but that is easily done. I will post if I have any problems. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Really cool! Exciting to use on an abstract, but let me know we can control the flow if we try any landscapes with them?

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    1. I did try this with a landscape and it worked great. I filmed it but it was underexposed and I couldn't use the footage unfortunately. But I will try again to film as it is a very interesting process.

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  4. Hi Brad: I am excited to see what you do with the markers. My concern about them is that they would dry out in the tips, but you suggest not. How does this work with your thick paint idea? Are these just to get a base to go over with oil or thick acrylic in the studio? Also, are you continuing to pursue encaustics? I watched a 2 part video where you added chalk to the encaustic, but wasn't able to find any other encaustic videos.

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    1. The tips stay very wet. I haven't had any problems and I live in a very dry climate.

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  5. I use the markers to draw on the underpainting and to add pointillistic flecks to the impasto acrylics after the thick layer has dried. I also add linear detail like highlights on fence posts, etc. I only have one two-part series about encaustic. My enthusiasm about thick acrylics has eclipsed my interest in encaustic at least for the moment. I may come back to it at some point. Thanks for your comments.

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