Monday, October 8, 2012

Lady Agnew & Alyssa

Study of J.S. Sargent's "Lady Agnew". Golden OPEN Acrylic on chipboard.

My newly arrived niece. Golden OPEN Acrylic on chipboard.

Colors used: Paynes Gray, Cadmium Red Medium, Yellow Ochre, & Titanium White.


  1. I've noticed that you paint with a lot of different mediums. Where do Golden OPEN acrylics fit into your thoughts on painting? I've been using them myself (total beginner) and struggle to find good artwork using them. Your Lady Agnew study is superb.

    1. Thanks mj. I use OPEN when I want to use a wet into wet approach and am unable to use oils for ventilation reasons or if I want to use wet into wet and still take advantage of the quick layering and glazing that acrylic allows. Right out of the tube they are more thin and transparent than I like so I mix the equivalent heavy body acrylic into the OPEN to increase body and shorten the dry time. Sometimes I will leave the OPEN colors(esp. White) out for several hours which gives it a stiffer, stringier consistency, much like a lead white. I use that at times for subtle textural effects.