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These are two original small abstract paintings created with layers of acrylic paint. Part of a new series, called "Abrasion," of small-scale paintings using scrape and scratch techniques with leftover paint. When I'm making larger paintings, I use small panels and canvases that I have laying around in my studio to scrape excess paint off my spatula. Eventually these small pieces turn out quite lush with texture and color.
This is a diptych, made of two cradled wood panels to be displayed side by side. The edges are painted black and 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.
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