Category: Technique

Video of My Process

Paintings Processes - video of artist Bob Young

A two-minute video of my process for the painting “White Oak Leaves,” acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. The film focuses on the early stages: brushing in the main shapes with liquid, dripping paint; spattering with a painting knife and a toothbrush.  

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The Why and How of Varnishing Acrylics

Brush applying varnish to a painting

For many years, the consensus was that acrylic paintings didn’t need to be — or couldn’t be — varnished. But in the last couple of decades, conservation science and technology have developed varnishes for the acrylic medium. Why Varnish? Artists’ acrylic paint, when dry, is porous enough to collect dust and dirt. And any paint film may […]

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