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Haiku a Deux is one of my meditative paintings, featuring mostly grays and white with very limited color. It started out as two separate paintings, but when I hung them vertically, it became obvious that they belonged together as a diptych. In this piece, I introduced stencils as a different kind of mark making, a technique that I have used for several other paintings. I like how they ground the large gestures. This diptych is painted on two 12x12 inch panels. Each painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. They come ready to hang.
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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