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Paintings in Oil over Acrylic

Updated on May 22, 2012
African Umbrella Thorn Tree
African Umbrella Thorn Tree
Abstract Under-Painting
Abstract Under-Painting

Still Experimenting

I've been experimenting now for several months with these abstract designs ( created by my granddaughter) under the series of paintings I've been doing on Africa. This is the latest before and after. I started with the base design in acrylic and did the over-painting in oil. This time I started with the background first and then painted the tree over the sky. I also painted into the tree with the background to get a different feel in the painting.

Letting The Under-Painting Come Through.

In the second painting shown, I started with the under-painting in pink and blue (in acrylic paint). After that dried thoroughly, I painted the foreground ( sometimes I do the foreground first and sometimes I start with the background). This probably doesn't follow the rules--but that's the fun of it. As an artist, you have the chance to experiment and find your own way of painting. I like to use a paint medium with my oil paint. I have used both Liquitex mediums and Grumbacher Japan Dryer. They both shorten the drying time and increase the luster of your paint. With this painting, "African Birds," I chose to let some of the background peek through. When the painting is finished and really dry--check the label for directions--I spray the painting with varnish--use one that doesn't yellow. Check out both of these final paintings---can you see how the abstract designs under the paintings influenced the final piece of art??

Under-painting
Under-painting
Foreground
Foreground
Final Painting
Final Painting

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Your final painting is beautiful. I like using oil more acrylic because I can make oil look more realistic. I love to use japan dryer for speed.

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      Carol Hill 5 years ago from Palmetto, Florida

      Thank you. I like oil better also--I also agree, there is something about oil paints--that add more depth and realism to the painting.

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