An Artist's Skill Is Measured By The Artist's Knowledge Of The Materials Available

In preparation to teach the local Community College's Mature Community Education course in the fall, I've spent hours of experimenting with acrylic paints of different brands and viscosities.

It's not that I have not painted with acrylics. No, I've painted a lot with acrylics. I realized how little I really knew about them when I was developing the supply list for the class with an emphasis on color mixing.

My paint experiments, which are now in my color journal with notations, were amazing and inspiring. Now I know why I would be so frustrated by a product or an unsuccessful attempt at mixing, blending, glazing or covering. It was not the product, but rather it was my lack of understanding of the composition of the paint product.

While this level of information may seem mundane and mind-boggling by most artists, I believe it is what sets apart the masters.

In reflecting on the transparency, semi-transparency, and opaque characteristics of acrylic paints and how to use, change or magnify them, I offer this short article by Marion Boddy Evans, May 2019.