acrylic painting

Starting The Year With Acrylics

In acrylic, happiness comes a bit faster. Robert Genn I will be teaching a class at the Richmond Art Center on Jan 11, “Acrylic Bag of Tricks.” In February, I will begin teaching a series of two workshops about painting acrylic still lives at the Frank Bette Center (Feb 24 and Mar 23). So I can rightfully say I will start the year with acrylics. But did you know that I did not start using acrylics until 2005? I did not receive instruction in it when I was in art school in the 1980s. Some instructors used acrylics back then, but they treated it like a lesser medium. If, as painter Andrew Hamilton says, “acrylic is the only painting medium that can be all mediums – it can act like watercolor, it can act like oils, and it has its own innate properties,” none of t...Read More

Acrylic Still Life

Acrylic is possibly the most versatile and forgiving medium. This day is structured so that beginners as well as more experienced painters can take a tour of its exciting possibilities while painting the still life. We’ll cover the uses of several additives and how to mix acrylic colors. Register here, at the Frank Bette Center’s site. The FBC has a list of materials available once you register. The workshop runs from 9-4 pm. It costs $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Here is the agenda for the day: Goals Learn the most versatile way to begin an acrylic painting Choose the best acrylic paints for the task at hand Understand the possibilities of the medium Complete more than one still life Format You will be able to receive instruction and create one or more still lives ...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 3

Topic How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Event Location Changed! – Directions to Hoffman Marsh There is a plant sale at the Tilden Botanical Garden. No parking and too many people around for us to paint comfortably. Directions to Hoffman Marsh On highway 80, get off on Central Ave and go towards the bay. Make a right on Rydin Ave. There won’t be a sign. It is the first right you’ll see as you drive towards Costco. If you see Costco you have passed Rydin. Park anywhere along Rydin. There will be a lot of dog owners parked there. Walk towards the dog park entrance but don’t go in. I will be standing there with my gear.

Plein Air Sundays Session 2

Topic How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Safer painting practices. Directions to Miller Knox Park Take 580 in the direction of San Rafael. Get off at the Point Richmond/Canal Blvd exit. Make a left at the ramp in order to get on Canal, then make a right on Cutting Ave. Continue on Cutting until you hit Garrard, then make a left and go through the tunnel. When you get to the other side, you´ll be on Dornan Dr and will see Keller Beach to your right. Pass the Golden Gate Railroad Museum at 900 Dornan Dr to your left, and enter the last of a couple of Miller Knox park entrances to your right. If you find yourself at the Ferry Point Trailhead, you’ve gone too far.

Blake Garden Did Not Disappoint

Yesterday was our first Plein Air Fridays session at the Blake Garden. The day was beautiful and the temperature, perfect. This Berkeley garden did not disappoint those of us who were hoping for an afternoon free of cold wind and overcast skies. Everybody was on time and we met near the reflecting pool, where dappled light dotted the grassy area around it. After a demo on how to use a viewfinder and how start an acrylic painting, the students dispersed and I began making rounds. I forgot how much walking is involved when students are spread out. The Blake Garden spans ten acres! There are two spaces left in this class. Registration ends June 30.

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