The Acrylic Painting Academy – Direct Painting Part 2

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"The Acrylic Painting Academy" is designed to provide beginner and intermediate artists with a complete learning experience on painting with acrylics through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.

Description: Part two of a two part series on direct painting (Alla Prima) in which colors and values are applied as they are observed without underpainting.

Suggested Materials: Stretched canvas, acrylic paints (Indian Yellow Hue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Payne's Gray, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light), nylon brushes (flat and round).

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Next module: Color Theory and Mixing


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The Acrylic Painting Academy – Direct Painting Part 2 — 11 Comments

  1. matt,
    1.what does it mean not to “overwork” your painting or drawing?
    i know we have to me patient to built the illusion of our object….
    2.didn’t some famous artist use a few strokes or maybe that’s an illusion in itself?

  2. This is brilliant! Thanks Matt. Please could I ask how long it took you to complete this painting from start to finish? Also, due to ill health, I can only paint for very short spells then rest, how do I stop my paint on my palate from drying out? I will have to wait until the next day throughout each painting Iā€™m working on so how can I preserve my palate for this length of time? Many thanks

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