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Learn Acrylic Painting

Learn Acrylic Painting

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he rooms inside private homes,historical museums, and publicbuildings make excellent subjectsbecause they give artists the chance tocreate interesting relationships between ad-joining rooms, reflective windows and mirrors, contrastingnatural and artificial light, and organized furnishings. Thecool light from a table lamp in a living room can be shownclose to the warm sunlight of a nearby kitchen. A heavyVictorian sofa can be balanced by a delicate spindle-backedchair. And a six-foot hall mirror can reflect the images of people sitting in an adjacent room. All of these possibilitiescan be explored in paintings derived from photographs,drawings, or on-site studies of interiors.Ronald Lewis became interested in painting interiorswhen he began to grow bored with the oil landscapes hehad been producing for a number of years. “I was gettingburned out,” he explains. “And even though I loved thesmell of oils, I felt I could really take advantage of the factthat acrylics dry so much faster. I decided to focus on acrylicpaintings of interiors, a subject I had explored on occasionbut never really focused on. I quickly discovered a wholerange of possibilities with the subject and the medium.”Lewis is one of many artists who have added acrylicsto their repertoire of painting mediums. While oil paintsand varnishes have qualities that can’t be matched by otherpaints, they dry slowly and require the use of mineralspirits, turpentine, or other potentially hazardous solventsand mediums.
Acrylic paints are mixed with water and canbe altered with water-based acrylic mediums and additives
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to increase their thickness, extend their drying time, andmodify their finish. Furthermore, acrylics dry quickly andpermanently, making it possible to paint additional layers of color over them within a matter of minutes.
Lewis came up with the idea of painting interiors whilevisiting the homes of friends in Birmingham, Alabama,where he lives. He asked to
take photographs and makesketches of the rooms and later used that material in hispaintings.
Once he decided to create more such works, theartist made a trip to the historical town of Eufaula, Ala-bama, which, because of its position on the ChattahoocheeRiver, once prospered from the riverboats that passed onthe way to the Gulf of Mexico. Wealthy families built large,ornately appointed homes there that Lewis now finds tobe excellent subject matter. The paintings shown in thisarticle depict rooms in one of the artist’s favorite homes inEufaula, the Sims house.Even though he begins his paintings by referring tophotographs and sketches of actual rooms, Lewis changesthings so radically that the paintings seldom end uplooking like the actual locations.
“One of the advantagesof acrylics is that as long as I keep the paint relatively thinduring the initial stages, I can make whatever changesI want,”
the artist explains. “I can add and subtractfurniture, re-create the framed pictures on the walls,and change the colors and patterns in the room with noproblems. I once turned a canvas on its side and converteda horizontal picture into a vertical one.”
Guest Room,Sims House
1996, acylic, 14 x 10.Piva collcio.

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