Thursday, January 8, 2009

Toward High Valley

Acrylic on board, 6" x 6"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.

Apologies in advance for the "shop talk" nature of this post, which will probably be of more interest to artists than to others.

This is painted with a new type of acrylic paint manufactured by Golden, called "Open." I bought a sample set awhile back and experimented a bit with it, without being able to decide whether I liked it or not. But I decided to get a fuller selection of colors and give it a full trial. I'm starting to get kind of excited about the results, and eager to try it on larger scale work.

Open stays wet on the palette and canvas for considerably longer than conventional acrylic, allowing blending and "wet-in-wet" painting similar to oil. But it has its own working properties which seem to lie somewhere between acrylic and oil. I now have the medium, gel and thinner made expressly for this paint, which I didn't buy initially. The mediums make a huge difference in how the paint handles and in the amount of time before the surface tacks-up, so for anyone wanting to try this paint be sure to get the mediums as well.

I'm interested in the experiences of others who are using Open--let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

The Open" acrylic sounds very intriguing - your results are astonishing with it, just so are your watercolors. No matter the medium, your Oregon landscape just brings it all together very well. Cheers,

Don Gray said...

Thank you Olha. I'm happy to get to know your work.

Deborah Paris said...

Lovely piece, Don. And, you have had some beautiful watercolors posted too!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Brrr. Looks cold. It's really beautiful work. I esp. love the warm sky colors contrasted with that cold snow. 'Twould make a refreshing post in summer!

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Deborah. I've enjoyed your recent posts.

Don Gray said...

Hi Diana. Given all the snow you guys have had, I can see where you might prefer seeing winter paintings in July. :>} The snow is gorgeous though, isn't it?

Thanks for the comment.

Cooper Dragonette said...

That tree is fantastic! I'm envious of that tree!

Don Gray said...

Hi Cooper--much appreciated, my friend!