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What is Your Favorite Medium to Paint With?

After trying a few other mediums I definitively decided that watercolors and I were meant to be! However, along the way, I experimented...

A few years ago I took a class on using acrylics from an artist named Joanne Sanborn (http://sunshinestudios.net). She is a wonderful artist and terrific instructor. I did these acrylics while in her class…

  “Shades of Summer” acrylic

“Shades of Summer” acrylic

  “Everglades Vista”

“Everglades Vista”

  “Begotten Beach Towel”

“Begotten Beach Towel”

I like that acrylics are water soluble and the brushes can be cleaned with water (same as with watercolors of course), but I prefer the soft edges and washes that can be achieved with watercolors. It’s the painting process that is different.  It is much easier to paint beautiful skies with billowy clouds in watercolor.  The same is true for painting snow.  I love the effects achieved in watercolor for depicting snow blowing up behind skiers blasting through knee deep powder! I could never do that in oils or acrylics! 

Do you paint with acrylics, watercolors or both?  What do you prefer about each?  

Next week I'll talk about my experimentation with oils.

Linda Roberts