Monday, April 11, 2016

"The Kid" 2016 Acrylic painting on canvas 11.5 x 45.5 inches

"The Kid" is an original, signed acrylic painting on canvas by Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold.

This painting is from the publicity poster for the 1921 silent film "The Kid," written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. The painting is 11.5 x 45.5 on canvas primed several times with gesso and tinted with a gesso/cobalt blue as the final coat. I then used layers of Prussian blue to paint the image. I utilized a watercolor effect with liquid acrylic and water mixed with the blue.

This artwork was created using acrylic paint on a high quality wrapped canvas. Acrylic paint works very well on stretched canvas. When purchasing artwork many people aren't sure what the difference is between acrylic and oil paintings. The main difference between acrylics and oil paints is the inherent drying time. Oils allow for more time to blend colors and apply even glazes over underpaintings. This slow drying aspect of oil can be seen as an advantage for certain techniques, but in other regards it impedes the artist trying to work quickly. The fast evaporation of water from the acrylic paint film can be slowed with the use of acrylic retarders. Retarders are generally glycol or glycerin-based additives.

Oil paints tend to require the addition of a toxic solvent, such as mineral spirits or turpentine to thin the paints and clean up tools, though relatively recently water soluble oil paints have been developed for artist use. Secondly, oil paint films become increasing yellow and brittle, and will lose their flexibility in a few decades. Acrylics can be used on many surfaces without a medium- layer. They allow sharp brush-strokes but also a more delicate shading, although it is more difficult to create a smooth change between different shades. They are usually very bright. Although the permanency of acrylics is sometimes debated by conservators, they appear more stable than oil paints. 

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