"Summer Fruits and Vegetables" 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 still life using the grisaille technique and overlaying thin glazes atop the tonal study in grays. The ground is 18 inches wide by 12 inches high on 3/8-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 mixed with a little bit of retarder. I used red, yellow and blue paint.


The "Summer Fruits & Vegetables" acrylic still life 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.
  

$200

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Michael Arnold
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Florida painter who created "Kiwi Explosion"