Tuesday, November 19, 2013

147 Another acrylic 1 of 3

I had quite a few requests to do another acrylic video showing all the steps beginning with the sketch. This video is part one of a three part series. The third video will be how to lubricate the canvas with retarding gel and paint into the wet surface. I wasn't entirely pleased with how the distant hills ended up and I think repainting it along with the tops of the trees might be advisable.

Uncharacteristically I'm using Liquitex Basics which is a student grade acrylic paint. But it is great to use as an underpainting because it dries very thin. It also has a matte surface, from additives, which makes it easy to paint over. Normally I use Golden Acrylics which have a thick full-bodied texture. If you add chalk to it you can get some really great textures.

As always let me know if you have any questions.

Brad Teare November 2013


  1. Always love the videos Brad! Thanks for the clarification regarding the use of a Sharpie for the underdrawing; I had seen you use it in another video & I was going to ask you about it.

    1. I could get away with using a sharpie with oils but with acrylics it is an entirely different story. I spent a lot of time just trying to cover the sharpie marks which was irritating. It seemed like the ink was bleeding through but I think the paint layer was just getting thinner as it dried and allowed the lines to show through. Not good!

  2. That's a beautiful painting, Brad. I really mean that. As always, you have a grasp of composition and design, simplified masses, great use of color and temperature and value.

    love it!

    1. Thanks Robert! Good to hear from you! Hope things are going well out your way.

    2. Life happens, Brad.

      I've got a painting on the easel roughed in with thinned paint, but no time to hit it.

      I need to get back in the studio and start making some Xmas paintings for family. I've been away too long.

      As I said, life happens.

      I'm not giving up, just dealing with some heavy stuff.

      God bless, amigo.

  3. Thanks for sharing the bits and pieces in our video, as mundane as one might think it is, it is ALL the small stuff that makes up the final painting. Thanks for giving…Brad. I like your books cover, it’s very well done and looks great on my coffee table…Great job!

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