So what's the difference between Oil and Acrylic paintings? I've been asked this often and it sounds like a good teaching moment. But ahhh... my title indicates I have a preference, and I do; having worked with both popular mediums.
The big difference between the two is drying time. Oil paints can take weeks to dry thoroughly where acrylics dry quickly... sometimes too quickly. I'm fond of a glazing medium I add to the paint which allows me to blend and work with extra time. Since oil paints have linseed oil in them they produce a glossy finish and acrylics are more of a matte. Glossy varnishes help to obtain a rich finish when both paintings are done. The reason I chose to stop oil painting was because of the toxicity and clean up. I had to make sure I painted in a well ventilated area and needed turpentine to clean brushes. Watercolor, and now acrylic paints, are water based so clean up with soap and water.
Oil paintings have been around for hundreds of years. The German chemist, Otto Rohm, synthesized a water based polymer emulsion in 1901. Eventually acrylic paints were developed commercially in the 1940's and became quite popular due to drying times, water solubility, and characteristics that mimicked both oil and watercolor. This flexibility provided artists with unlimited possibilites for expression.
Anyone recognize this American artist? Of course...ANDY WARHOL.
He was one of the first in the Pop Art movement to embrace acrylic paint. He explored relationships between artistic expression, advertising, and the celebrity culture...hence, Marilyn, here.
DAVID HOCKNEY, an influential British artist, also recognized the potential of acrylic paints, utilizing it's versatility to capture Vibrancy
GERHARD RICHTER, a German acrylic painter, is well known for his freedom to explore various techniques from realism to abstract with amazing textures and effects.
And finally, PATRICE CAMERON, a contemporary painter of PNW rivers and waterfalls. (I just had to do this)
Art is always evolving.
Artists experiment and create.
Acrylic paint is a diverse medium available to enable inspired expression.
Keep your eyes on contemporary artists as fresh new works make their way into the art scene.
A big Thank You to those who attended the Local 14 Exhibit & Sale at The World Forestry Center earlier this month. It was my pleasure to meet some of you.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 24
These framed 12x12 waterfall paintings will be part of
the artist's group show sale at
Salem on the Edge gallery
featuring Small Works.
It's been an amazing Spring thru Fall exhibition schedule for me. I look around my gallery and studio... and where the walls were once filled with artwork...now are kinda bare. No worries though, Winter is my focused painting time and I'll be in the studio daily. And yes, using my Acrylic paints!
I'll be posting new paintings in each upcoming newsletter, or you can pop onto my website!
Have a turkey-iffic Thanksgiving!
Artificial Intelligence has been around for years and we've been using it in forms of Google searches and Netflix recommendations. About 10 years ago, art creating AI emerged and were able to process images, recognize color, texture, and text. They edited existing images or generated new ones.
Last year they created original images from language prompts, to generate unique art, influenced by previous art movements. I found one that is abstracted with Expressionism.
How do they do that?
Keep in mind, I'm a curious artist, interested in AI and artistic outcomes. Here's what I understand...
It's a machine that learns mathematical algorithms. It is trained using an incredibe vast amount of computer image data. Humans collect and input the data or written instruction, but the power of creation comes from the process of the machine.
How's that for taking a complex topic and defining it 'simply?
And yes, I'm glad you asked... there are pros and cons using AI in art. It's definitely faster to type in specific prompts and have an image create within minutes. And there are many more variations that can spark inspiration and ideas in an artist. I like that collaborative function.
But, since the machine is creating from an algorithm...there is a lack of 'soul' created. AI can't express themselves. For artists, we are pretty big on authorship of our work and the ability to have it copyrighted. AI has been denied copyright by the government and there is controversy as far as who created the painting... the data input personnel or the AI. Sounds messy and glad I don't have to worry about that.
There are AI specifically for writers, movie industry, musicians, illustrators, architects, and the various artists and many phone Apps and all this makes AI available for everyone's use.
Here is a recent painting I completed. Thought I would use specific prompts to see what AI would generate.
This is what I put in: Diagonal ,rapid river movement, light blue, swirling water, white water, foreground boulders
I think it turned out quite nice.
As most of you know....I hike the PNW rivers and immerse myself in the experience by listening to the surroundings and water, feeling the warmth of the sun and resultant peace and contentment. This is all part of my story when I paint. All those appreciations and emotions are brushed onto my canvas. The intensity of my hues altered to reflect the well being I still feel, in the studio.
That's the secret sauce of fine art, my friends....emotion, depth, and meaning.
There is so much more on AI and art. Will write more in another newslette
Some of my river paintings can be viewed at:
SALEM on the EDGE Gallery
156 Liberty St. NE
Have a wonderful Autumn,
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.