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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Flowers Yet Again

Here is yet another interpretation of the flowers done in oil paint. This has been very interesting! It's reminded me of the similarities and differences of the different media. It also reminded me of the things I like and dislike about each one. Watercolor can be overworked so easily and requires a lot of up front planning but has such a crisp and fresh look to it. Acrylic allows easy corrections and re-working without ever looking overworked and muddy but dries quickly and requires other ways to blend and soften areas. Pastel is soft and smudgy, too smudgy! Your hands get sooo dirty! But the colors are delicious. Oil paints are really my favorite, having good color, the ability to create a hard or soft look and work in layers or wet in wet. But they require turpentine or mineral spirits and messy clean up. Each has its own unique characteristic and look. It's a lot of fun to be able to work in different media now and then.

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