Mar 9, 2008

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Atelier Interactive Acrylics

This past Saturday I went with my wife to a demonstration of Atelier Interactive Acrylics at a local art store. While she is currently using acrylics, I have never used acrylics, so I was intrigued about this new type of acrylic paint, and acrylics in general.

I had fun playing with this medium because it is like painting with watercolors but in a way it’s better. With watercolor (and maybe it will change once I have more experience)  one has to be very careful about how to layer color otherwise it turns into mud. With regular acrylics you can paint on top of it if you make a mistake but apparently they dry too fast. The cool thing about this medium (Interactive Acrylics) is that you can mix it with water, work on your painting and later on when it dries apply another layer on top of it, or use water or some unlocking liquid and continue mixing the paint as if it had never dried.

Below are my two trials with this medium.

Atelier Demo Paintings

Left Image  Atelier Interactive Acrylics on canvas / Right Image – Atelier Interactive Acrylics on watercolor paper.

At the end of the class they had a drawing… I won the grand prize, this is great I can’t wait to try this medium again.

Below is a picture of the materials I won.

Atelier Interactive Acrylics Set

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Mar 9, 2008

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Dog Sleeping Sketch

A closer representation of our dog while he was napping.

our dog sleeping - sketch

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Mar 9, 2008

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Artist Watercolor Set

I couple of days ago I was fortunate enough to come across and purchase 32 5ml Winsor & Newton – Artist Watercolors tubes. Every book I have come across that teaches the medium suggests using the artist grade as opposed to the student grade.

I have followed various tutorials out there and have noticed that my mixes do not look the same, It occurred to me that it may be due to them using artist grade and me using student grade watercolors (I also need to learn more).

Below is a picture of the set (minus three that I gave to my wife).

artists watercolor

I can’t wait to start using them.

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Mar 7, 2008

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Another Watercolor

I have been learning how to add some color to my sketches on the go. Using the portable kit I purchased a while ago.

 Below is the latest development.

courthouse square in color

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Feb 27, 2008

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“After Life” Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

A couple of days I came across this movie and I have just started to watch it. I wanted to share it here since it seems to be related to the first post entered in this blog.

While the movie is not about art per se, I feel it may place some perspective in your life, and the actions that are taken from day to day.

The name of the movie is After Life the premise of the story is as follows:

After death, you get to choose one memory, and only one memory of everything you experienced in life, all the other memories will be forgotten. You are given three days to decide what to select, then a movie gets created out of that memory before you get to move on.

While I have not finished the movie as of this writing, I must say that the first 20 minutes that I have watched are already quite interesting and thought provoking… thought provoking because I too started to think what would be the best memory I could possibly keep if I was in that situation, and again what other opportunities lie ahead of us that could potentially replace whatever memory we choose to select in this instant.

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