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Basic Painting Tips: Abstract Art painting by Peter Dranitsin

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I came across this painting video and thought I would share it with everyone here as he has some great tips and tricks.  Here is what the Mr. Peter Dranitsin said himself:

Acrylic paintings and techniques have the advantage over other media in that they are long-lasting, yet less costly than oil paintings. Oil and pastels for paintings have drawbacks, pastels being more ephemeral and possibly giving rise to breathing issues due to their chalk residue, and oils for the length of time needed to dry being quite lengthy, perhaps up to months' worth of drying time, as well as the turpentine fumes being bothersome to many. Acrylic paintings are synthetic paint made from pigments blended with synthetic materials. They are water-soluble and can be used on a large range of surfaces; they can be mixed as can oil paints and they clean up easily. In an indoor studio, their smell is less overwhelming than is an oil-based paint.

While many artists choose oils because of their opacity, the translucent quality of arcrylic paintings and techniques lend themselves to underpainting, that is, applying a monotone of sorts as a primer. Some artists prefer umber with a touch of black, or even umber mixed with ultramarine blue, after which primary mixing all are mixed with white. Generally, the underpainting is applied in glazes or very thin brushstrokes; when the artist feels comfortable with the underpainting, then the 'fun part' begins, the detailing of the final look of the painting. Why do underpainting? Because the depth and luminosity of color is increased, bringing an inner glow to the finished product. Any self-respecting artist will want the optimal outcome for his hard work.


I hope you can actually get some value out of this as I always like to see other techniques.  Let me know what you think.

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