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Acrylic, Oil and Ink

Updated on June 20, 2014

Abstract Oil Backgrounds and Acrylic Figures

Here at Squidoo, I have been helped and encourage, and especially motivated to write from the heart, to write about something that I am passionate about, because of course, the reader will sense this and I agree.

It's difficult to keep the balance though between what I feel is a subject that someone would be interested in and what I think.

Being an artist can sometimes be a lonely place, especially when, also searching for a subject or materials to interest and create an excited flurry, something if only slightly different in which to delve into.

For me it needs to be interesting, and new, to keep the excitement level up long enough before the interest runs out, and something else is searched for.

Eventually by accident I found it.

Reusing is Recycling

I love using oils on large canvases, and always have one on the go in my studio, but oils take time to dry and sometimes the process can be a little too slow, which is why I turned to acrylics on canvas or board -- not water colour paper.

Even when thick and stretched, water colour paper can buckle if over worked. I want to finish in one or two sittings and move on or work on several things. I found a water colour pad that for some reason years ago I had wasted by practicing sketching Caricatures on.

I had some bits of oil paint tubes, and squeezed them out into a tub, and added some oil paint thinners. I washed over the used paper to seal it, and creating an abstract background. After it had dried, which didn't take long, because of the thinners and the heat, I sketched an outline.

After that, I could paint over and over and it had no effect on the paper, also I using ink for the outline, which stayed wet and bleeds into the watery acrylic, this is a good way to stop being shy about using your fingers for blending.

Acrylic is great for finger blending, loading your brush with different colours without mixing, try to get that perfect colour by accident, gets you there, and then you learn how to control it.

Below are some examples of this process, together with examples of other Acrylic paintings, but mostly on oiled water colour paper.

The gallery of paintings are a few selected from a book cover series - Oil Back grounds on water colour paper ink and Acrylic

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Romance I love abstract backgrounds with figures I enjoy painting the female form not just nude but in motion I also like rock themes and nostalgic themes I have a few with converse in because I had a pair back in Australia in the seventies along wCrimeDetectiveBook ClubTeen
Romance I love abstract backgrounds with figures I enjoy painting the female form not just nude but in motion I also like rock themes and nostalgic themes I have a few with converse in because I had a pair back in Australia in the seventies along w
Romance I love abstract backgrounds with figures I enjoy painting the female form not just nude but in motion I also like rock themes and nostalgic themes I have a few with converse in because I had a pair back in Australia in the seventies along w
Crime
Crime
Detective
Detective
Book Club
Book Club
Teen
Teen

" A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places." - Paul Gardner

Same Images but In Black and white

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Beautiful Eyes - Acrylic Demonstration

Acrylic On Paper Demonstration

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This is water colour paper sealed with white oil and thinners this was a fast painting finished in one sitting.
This is water colour paper sealed with white oil and thinners this was a fast painting finished in one sitting.
This is water colour paper sealed with white oil and thinners this was a fast painting finished in one sitting.

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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

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Acrylic on oiled paper

I have kept this simple using Ink outline and some shading in the inner leg area and a touch of red acrylic, white and yellow.

The sparse use of ink highlights her features, her posture still gives the impression that she is contemplative I could of maybe used less colour in her dress but this was one of those pieces that I went for it and live with what I created and then put on the breaks and said that it is it.

Knowing when to stop is the toughest thing sometimes because you know that you can always improve but if you did in this case it becomes something else.

White Acrylic and Ink - Oil abstract background on water colour paper

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BoxerNaked guitaristBlue eyesBlue tearsLong hair
Boxer
Boxer
Naked guitarist
Naked guitarist
Blue eyes
Blue eyes
Blue tears
Blue tears
Long hair
Long hair

Oiled Water Colour Paper and Acrylic Figures - More examples - some are a little cheeky.

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Beauty and the BeastRock ChicaDouble ShiftPropositionRed BalloonYoung Woman on Space HopperPerchedRed RoseEnsconced
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Rock Chica
Rock Chica
Double Shift
Double Shift
Proposition
Proposition
Red Balloon
Red Balloon
Young Woman on Space Hopper
Young Woman on Space Hopper
Perched
Perched
Red Rose
Red Rose
Ensconced
Ensconced

Gypsy Life - I like to create a scene for which there is something happening in the foreground and also in the background.

The young woman is watching her daughter play the guitar, but if you look carefully she is not actually watching her, more rather thoughtful staring in to space and the reason could be walking towards them in the background, from the bunch of flowers in his hand and the fact she has decorated her home with flowers would suggest he knows her well so he could be her husband coming home.

Wolf Whistle - Oil Background On Water colour Paper - Acrylic and Ink

Spanish Witches Acrylic On Oil Backgrounds - Click on the picture to see more painted witches

CONTRAST

Acrylic with a touch of digital

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Beware of the dog!This is a film poster-
Beware of the dog!
Beware of the dog!
This is a film poster-
This is a film poster-

Flamenco Scene - Oil Background Acrylic Figures

ShearArt Studio

Acrylic On Canvas - Don Quixote of La Mancha

Large Wall Decoration

Acrylic on Canvas - Abstract Oil Backgrounds Acrylic Figures

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Arabic Woman, Beautiful Eyes.

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      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      I wish I could paint. Your stuff is great. Blessings

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      Echo Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      Squidtastic! Your work is very playful and passionate... thanks again for sharing your talent and inspiration, I have been enjoying your lenses:)

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      TheManInTheHat 

      6 years ago

      Nice artwork and nice lens. I enjoyed reading you and following the process of your work!

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @JoshK47: Thanks for stopping by.

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all this with us!

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