"Dave Arnold" 2008 Acrylic on canvas 18 x 24 inches

"Dave' original signed acrylic painting on canvas by award winning Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold.“Dave Arnold” is an original, signed acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped canvas by Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold.

"This is a portrait of my son, Dave Arnold. The painting is based on a picture that was taken on Dave's honeymoon. He is standing on the balcony of an ocean side hotel room in Daytona Beach. When I saw the vivid colors of the photo, I knew right away that I wanted to create a painting from it. I believe the painting captures both the spirit of my son and the beautiful natural setting of Daytona Beach, Florida. The painting was a gift and is not available for purchase. I have also painted a portrait of Dave's wife and it can be viewed here."
The original acrylic painting "Dave" makes a bold statement on any wall where it is displayed.

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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portrait of "Dave Arnold"