Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe flowers – Epic wet on wet painting acrylic


This wet on wet acrylic painting lesson is about elephants, the birds and the bees … … and I will paint like Georgia O’Keeffe flowers. Just after this. Hi there, my name is Albert van der Zwart, welcome to Imperfect Paintings … … where it is all about improving your painting skills by looking at art, yourself and the world around you. Georgia O’Keeffe is an American Artist who lived from 1887 to 1986. She is known for her close up flower painting like these. Within seconds, the whispers started in my painting class (11 women and 1 man). Someone asked ‘I’m also seeing something else. Am I the only one?’ So let’s talk about elephants, or more specific this artwork by Banksy … … which refers to the metaphor of the elephant in the room. You see it but do you dare to address the issue, talk about the birds and the bees? Many see female genitalia in her paintings but O’Keeffe consistently denied that intention. Personally I like her denying, or even better not explaining her art. Just the fact that her art raises questions is great and I just love her beautifully colored artwork. Oh end because she was in her days the first to change her painting style … … away from traditional, she will be remembered as the Mother of American Modernism. I have my sheet of paper and start with way too much white paint. When making a painting you always have spots where the paint is still wet. But this wet on wet painting acrylic is a different technique … … and this first stage is best done with bare hands. Children are often painting with their hands … … but adults aren’t used to this tactile sensation anymore. I just love this way of primal painting. But because not everyone likes dirty hands I also had some plastic gloves in the size ‘fits no one’. You can create an even background … … or decide to model a background. The subject. I bought this 3 colored violet at a garden center. They are lovely but rather ordinary. But remember what Georgia O’Keeffe did. She made close up or even extreme close up flower paintings … … transforming something real into something almost abstract. For me the extra challenge of this wet on wet acrylic painting … … is to make a painting in the idea of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings in this wet on wet environment. In case you didn’t notice, I apply the paint every time in the same direction. By doing so, the yellow becomes paler on its way because of mixing a little with the white paint. Going back and forth, like you might do normally or when painting your house or window frame … … would result in mixing the white and yellow to a pastel like color. This wet on wet acrylic painting lesson is a good opportunity … … to check your painting routines or learn new techniques. It is a fun experience and I really can recommend it. At the same time it can be scary because you have to surrender your lack of control. The titanium white surface mixes with your colored paint you put on next. If you want to keep your colors bright, you have to apply the paint multiple times. Or you can clean your brush, getting rid of the smudged paint on it … … and continue with a clean brush. Try out what works best for you. You can also try painting with your fingers. Your finger is the brush, but it results in a different look. It is a great way to paint a dahlia like these with the nice white edge on every petal. By tapping your brush multiple times on the same spot you apply color … … but mix it at the same time with the white. A different way is holding your brush almost horizontal ‘skating’ over the surface. This way you can apply a thin layer. You may not be able to see it correctly but the dark triangles I’m working on … … are actually buildup of multiple colors. In the big white surface I created these vague colored areas. You probably can’t see it, but I notice the wet paint is getting dry … … so I quickly go around with my brush to comb the white paint in the same direction … … to create some peace in the white surface. A close-up or even an extreme close-up can reveal a fascinating world in flowers or otherwise. Check the internet for images. Every now and then you must lift your painting of the tablecloth … … otherwise you might not be able to separate them later on. The next day, the painting is dry and I notice the three dark triangles are almost identical. What in my opinion is the same for boring. I want to create a thin line, but I don’t have a thin brush. So I paint my line and by painting white paint over it … … the lines eventually are getting thinner. It’s a nice technique and it helps me stay creative … … learn to work with what I have. It is also a frugal way to keep myself from buying extra brushes. And as you will see, I wandered off to paint something that isn’t part of a violet … … related to the elephant in the beginning of the video. It helps me to switch between the details and the bigger parts of the painting. By doing so I stay in contact with every part of the painting. The next day I decide I don’t want this in my painting so obviously. So I correct it, basically changing one line and now it looks just enough like overlapping petals. And here is the artwork made by the of my painting course. Some liked this way of working so much they even made a second painting. I guess in total over 3 liters of paint, about a US gallon, was used. This strange glove can also be your best friend by causing unexpected effects resulting in this one. Only painting with your fingers can also be very rewarding here is a detailed shot. Looking at abstract art can be a challenge for people. I like it a lot because I like to play around in my head with all the images. I can give you some abstract art explanation around the artwork of an American painter. Click on the link and I will see you over there in the next video.

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