"Old Barn on the Plain" 2015 acrylic on wood

Old Barn on the Plain is an original signed acrylic painting on canvas by award winning Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold

This is an experiment in perspective in a landscape painting. The rolling clouds and fenceline disappear into a far off vanishing point, which creates a larger sense of infinite space. The barn is rendered in two-point perspective, which also helps create greater volume and space.

The painting is 26.5 inches wide by 12.5 inches high on 1/2-thick medium density fiber board prepared with two coats of gesso between sandings for an ultra-smooth surface. I used acryllic paints from the tube. I began with a wash of burnt sienna and gradually built up layers of blue-green, yellow ochre and red. I used white for tinting purposes.

The "Barn on the Plain" acrylic impressionistic landscape painting by award winning Citrus County Florida artist Michael Arnold makes a bold statement on any wall where it is displayed.

This artwork was created using acrylic paint on a high fiber board. Acrylic paint works very well on wood. 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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Michael Arnold
Florida painter who created "Kiwi Explosion"