It has been awhile since last I wrote. I have been trying to get back into the studio and work on my paintings as much as possible. Last spring I was in a car accident and did serious damage to my right shoulder. The recovery is a very long and slow process but thank God it was my right shoulder because I am left handed. With all the pain, meds and surgery, the summer was a bust for getting any paintings done. Having said that I am now on a mission to get caught up on my paintings. I have decided to concentrate on painting animals and nature.
I just finished these two paintings of a tiger cub and lion that live at our local zoo. Painting fur is always a challenge. I was a hairdresser in another life so sometimes I feel I get a little carried away with their Do's, lol. I used a "0" Script Liner for the longer hairs and a 10/0 Spotter brush for the short hairs. With animals I find you have to not only pay attention to the direction of the hair growth but the texture of the hair as well.
When I originally switched over to Acrylic Painting from Porcelain Art I struggled with keeping the paints moist. Porcelain paints are mixed with oil and stay wet until fired in the kiln. At the beginning I used a Stay-Wet Pallet. I no longer use this for two reasons: 1) Too big and cumbersome 2) Mold started growing after about a week. I have tried various pallet systems including a sheet of glass but the one I like best is an inexpensive one from the craft store called "Peel-Off Pallet". It is a flat rectangle with a dividing line across the top for paint and then a large flat area which is divided in half for mixing and blending colors. When the paints eventually dry on it they can be peeled off. I cover it with Glad Press and Seal when I have to step away from the studio for awhile. I also keep a water bottle with a fine misting nozzle close by. While I am working on a painting I mist my paints every 10 to 15 minutes. This keeps them moist and prevents a skin from forming on top.
I have also decided to use Liquitex Paints exclusively. I like their colors, tube shape (caps are easier to handle if you have arthritis as I do) and the body of their paints. I have only used their glazing medium and flow agents so I am not an expert on their mediums. I don't get much time to experiment so I usually just get right to painting when I get time in the studio.
In the last couple of months I have been getting set up to teach in my studio. I held my first acrylic class here last month and hope to have more after the first of the year. Message me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in classes or if you just have questions about painting. You can see more of my work at my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/C.L.Tonning.Artist?ref=hl