Acrylic Water Lily Painting – This Ain’t No Claude Monet

water lilies 020You learn so much every time you paint a painting.  Last week I finished an acrylic water-lily painting. Well, really it was  the second one. I had bought the frame with a canvas painting in it that was ugly. It was so cheap I knew I could gesso over the painting and use it and the frame together. I painted it once and it just wasn’t good. It was kinda flat and the scene had no dimension. I decided to leave what was on there and do some washes, put more detail in everything, and add more stuff. It really came out better than I thought it would. But, it ain’t no Claude Monet. LOL!!! Remember it is small. It is only 8 inches by 10 inches. Smaller than a sheet of xerox paper. Small painting are a lot harder to do than large. And I think acrylic are a lot harder to do than oils. Acrylics are hard to photograph, because of the shiny finish, thick paint texture and no sun today. The flash washes out.water lilies 1Waterlily 2water lilies 016water lilies 020


About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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