Painting An Eastern Bluebird In Acrylic (1)
Expanding Your Artistic Horizons Series
Painting Session 1
Subject: Eastern BlueBird on Bittersweet Branch
Medium: Acrylic on Illustration Board
Colors Used In This Session: Titanium White, Cobalt Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cad Red Light, Naphthol Red Light, Golden Ochre, Burnt Sienna
Surface: Crescent Hot Press 200 Illustration Board, Cream Surface
|Bluebird at end of Session 1|
While I was working on "Painting The Pileated WoodPecker In Acrylic" I had issues with having enough time to blend the paint. I wondered if it was due to the absorbency of the prepared paper or not having a medium to slow the drying time. I tried Golden Retarder hoping it would slow the drying but this did not seem to work. After a little research on the internet, I purchased Golden Gloss Glazing Liquid medium to use on this painting, hoping it will help with the blending issue. I also wanted to try painting on illustration board to see the difference between board and paper.
After sketching the Bluebird on paper, I transferred the image onto illustration board. Using the glazing medium, I laid down a thin base layer of paint. I pre-tested the colors on paper to ensure the color was close to the reference photo of the bluebird. Even with the glazing medium, the paint seemed to dry very quickly. I did have more time to blend and lay down an even coat of paint then without the medium. Could be that you might have more time to blend if using canvas instead of illustration board. Once I completed the base layer I started the second layer to refine the image. In the next session, I will continue to lay down thin paint layers and adding more detail.
|Laying Down Base Layer|
|Completed Base Layer|