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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Plein air painter - St. Lucia plein air painting

Plein air painter - St. Lucia plein air painting

My decision to bring Golden OPEN acrylics to St. Lucia, instead of regular acrylics or my preferred oils, was a bigger decision than I imagined.

The first few days, I did some uncomplicated sketches and really didn't notice any issues.Other than I realized after the first, I did not care for the support of linen with this medium.

A few days ago, I did a few larger paintings and the learning curve began...
There were issues with repainting a few areas and when I packed up, both paintings were considerably wet and had to be hand carried back.

So, I decided yesterday to delve into the written material, to get more of a feel for the medium and do some experimenting before I venture out again.

If you haven't tried the Golden OPEN, or for that matter, the Chroma Interractive, you'll find that they are really neither like acrylics you may have mastered or oils.
It may have been better from the get go to just name them something else. This would have been less confusing for me to have them out on location behaving in an unfamiliar manner.

So, I read the materials and did some small studies. Here's what I found so far...
They blend well, but as they set a bit, they can be pulled back up off the canvas, much like you can wipe your oils or to some extent, lift the color from heavier watercolor papers.While wet - which according to the materials is about an hour, ( this was influenced by the environment here in St. Lucia)They can be blended. After that, they lift with water and to my dismay, the clump in tiny bits when you add the thinner at that point, contrary to what the materials stated...

Going on location with them again today
More later...

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