DEMONSTRATION


A PAINTING DEMONSTRATION by CHARLES HARRINGTON 

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This painting demonstration was adapted from an article published by Watercolor Magic Magazine in it's Autumn 1996 edition. To view the demonstration, read the introduction below then click on the NEXT STEP link at the end of each consecutive step. Individual steps may also be viewed by clicking on the appropriate icon at the top of this page.

ACRYLIC: THE OTHER WATER MEDIUM

Acrylics offer most of the positive attributes that watercolor painters admire and enjoy, while outperforming watercolor in a number of important areas. This demonstration will focus on three of these areas.

Acrylics allow multiple glazes to be applied with less risk of compromising previous applications. This minimizes the muddy effect that often results when consecutive applications of watercolor are applied over each other.

Acrylics accommodate the use of a masking medium over painted areas without lifting pigment from previous applications. To those of us who use a masking medium, this offers a significant advantage.

Acrylics offer a comfortable merging of transparent, translucent, and opaque passages within the same painting. This is a liberating attribute to watercolorists since opaque passages in an otherwise transparent watercolor painting usually appear to be an uncomfortable compromise.

THE DEMONSTRATION:


I have chosen a subject that will allow a simple demonstration of the three attributes listed. I will use a limited palette consisting of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White. In addition, I will use matte acrylic medium for mixing washes and glazes and Miskit as a masking medium. My painting surface will be a full sheet of Arches 300#, CP watercolor paper.     
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