This is my most recent work using fluid acrylics.
The source of my inspiration is my pond. I chose this one photo mainly because the reflection of the bright flower in the water caught my eye. I tried to capture the way the beauty draws you in. I can sit there for hours and listen to the melody of the water fall. The tadpoles are now frogs starting to make sounds of their own. One must be a male trying his new voice out. It was a squeeky sound the first time we heard it. I truly enjoy the relaxation it provides.
We were asked to chose a painting that had foreground, middle ground and background. In my mind, I was thinking light, medium and dark areas but I the subject worked out despite my mistake. In my value study, I had the lilly pads lighter and the light water areas were the dark areas. As I started to paint the lily pads they got darker than I wanted so which changed the whole painting. I am learning to go with the flow of the color as it takes on its own identity. The painting took on life of its own.
I made another painting from the pond a few years ago. This one is using watercolors. It has a much softer look to it but I think that was from the way I paint. I seem to have a harder time getting the paint to be as intense as the acrylic looks. But when I painted it, I liked the softness. Now that I made another painting of the same subject I am not sure if the softness is prefered. It almost looks washed out compared to the brightness of the acrylic. I did have it hanging in a room facing the north side which was brighter area that may have faded the color. Or I just paint with a lighter touch....not sure. There is a definite difference in the mood it envokes.