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This piece was inspired by the beauty and connection of the Native American spirit. I felt this spirit dancing with joy and blessings around me in this painting. I live in an area that is experiencing such an extreme drought that our community has been removing the trees and grass to save water. All of the sudden, it started to rain every night and the sun would shine every day. It was as if a Native American dance was done to bring the best of rain and sun to my doorstep. This painting was created with acrylic paint. I used a special textured paint that shimmers in the light. The edges are painted a rich brown and a wire is on the back for easy installation.
Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.
Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.
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