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.