I can’t say i have ever been really thrilled about acrylics, have always looked at landscapes painted in this medium and hated the vividness of the colours, compared to the softness of watercolours and the subtle shades of oil paints. I have however come to realise that each medium has its place, and when combining this new developed awareness along with the arrival of some pretty decent acrylic paints (not the cheap versions i had been buying before) i started to fall in love with the lusciousness (love that word!) of acrylics, and have realised that children’s illustration is just the right place for utilising the power of colour!

So here is Brenda – the very naughty ‘star gobbling’ witch…in acrylics – with just a touch of glitter! :0)

Brenda - the naughty witch!

I really did enjoy sitting and painting, and wish we did more of it at uni, but then i realise the time constraints, and to be honest the room is so full of noisy students i would rather work at home in the peace and quiet anyway. I did work from dark to light with the acrylics this time, which i think has worked better than when i have worked the opposite way round, it was also a lot quicker, all in all the painting took me an hour from start to finish, so that’s not too bad!

I have a lot more to learn about the techniques of using acrylics, but practice makes perfect, i need to keep churning them out in order to improve.This painting was done on a canvas board, which i really loves as there is no need to stretch paper and you can load it up with as much paint as you want!!

Happy days!