Fruit three ways – practice with acrylic mediums

passion fruit

“Passion fruit #1″
Acrylic on canvas
10″x10”
(Dry brush + matte medium)

I did a series of paintings for my acrylic painting class. The objective was to take the same imagery/subject and use different painting approaches – 1) dry brush (scumbling), 2) impasto and 3) encaustic (style). I learned how acrylic mediums and gels can be used to enhance the appearance of paintings.

This first painting is an example of dry brush technique on top of a dark background. I like the effect – kind of mysterious looking and somber in tone.

The second painting is an example of impasto technique. Looking at it, I could have gone even heavier with the paint – by loading more paint onto the brush or even using a palette knife instead of the brush.

passion fruit impasto

“Passion fruit #2″
Acrylic on canvas
10″x10”
(Impasto technique + gloss gel)

fruit encaustic style

“Passion fruit #3″
Acrylic on canvas
10″x10”
(Matte medium & matte gel for appearance of encaustic)

This exercise was the most interesting to me – to give the appearance of encaustic by using matte gel and medium – “fake encaustic” tada!

I started with a warm background wash (yellowish orange) and after painting the fruit, several layers of medium were applied and when allowed to dry, gave off the waxy look of encaustic. The fun part was in scratching the surface back to reveal the underpainting underneath showing through. I don’t think my photo is very successful in giving the encaustic feel. The surface looks more chalky rather than waxy here.

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