Over on Instagram (ella_masters) I shares a few snap shots of what I have been working on today and I thought it would be nice to share with my readers how I work after getting a few emails and messages.
So to begin with when I paint with acrylics onto canvas, I always do an under coat of green, because the one thing i have learn’t from studying art my whole life is that our skin colour isn’t just one colour it is a mixture of all different colour hues and tones, I find green warms the skin tone.
Next came the painting of the beard, I do love painting in detail I do love a challenge, I use Daler and Rowney brushes normally, a 2 and 6 round, for the fine detail, (I have a crazy extensive brush collection due to once being a fine art student and having a wonderful second cousin who use to be a well known artist who likes to occasionally send me his antique art bits and bobs)
When it comes to the acrylics I use, i use a mixture of pound shop quality to rather expensive colours, I personally don’t think it matters what you use as long use them properly (well when i say properly i mean don’t go crazy with them) there is no right or wrong way to paint.
The way in which I paint with acrylics is pretty similar to how i paint with watercolours, I just wash them down and layer them up. I do often get asked how I paint, and the process in which I use, I’ve never really been all that confident when it comes to painting onto canvas, I only started to paint onto canvas when I went to uni, because everyone on a fine art course does, I decided to get involved and the evidence is now hanging at home on the walls of our downstairs loo!
So the next step was to paint the tattoos on, once again layering the colours up, this is where I get really worried and mess up what I have already completed, I get to excited and go a little over the top I am still yet to learn enough is enough!
I am still yet finish off the forearm, this was just a little practice to see if i can still paint in acrylics. I always feel most at peace when i’m drawing and painting. I think I shall make one of my new years resolution to learn to grasp oil painting. I use to do it as a child but i had no patients with the drying process.
I hope this gives you lovely lot an insight into my little working process, I’m not the best at explaining but its always nice to share what i do.