Sunday, August 9, 2009

New OSWOA - Portrait of a Tabby

Portrait of a Tabby
4x6 inches
Acrylic on Colourfix Paper
I have recently been introduced to the world of OSWOA (Original Small Works of Art) (thank you Vic) and am interested to test the market when compared to ACEO's. I like the fact that they can fit into a standard photo album, or small frame, without having to get a custome frame. Being a miniature artist, I actually find this size HUGE - LOL - but it is great for a change. Also new for me, is the medium of acrylics. Having never really worked with them much before, I was initially frustrated with the speed at which they dried. But since using the wet paper towel on my palette, having a spray bottle of water on hand, and with the help of some mediums, I am slowly getting used to them. This painting is available in my Ebay Store.


DEB said...

Karen, this is a beautiful painting!

You know, if the acrylics dry too fast for you, you might try the new fast drying oils. They stay workable a little longer than acrylics and watercolor, but they don't stay wet as long as regular oils. They are marketed here in the US as "Water Mixable Oil Color." I'm impatient, so I prefer them to regular oils, and they give a more vibrant color than acrylics, in my opinion - almost a velvety texture.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thankyou heaps Deb, I do have some waterbased oils, but I'm not sure if they are faster drying ones. I might try them again, to see which I like better. I'm like you - patience is not one of my virtues - LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Great first OSWA Karen,and in a new medium....beautifully done.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thankyou heaps Vic!! :))

Barbara A. Freeman said...

This is great Karen, especially for a first go at acrylic! Wonderful job on the fur and oh those eyes! Have you tried the Open Acrylics from Golden? They are a good solution for slower drying. I always keep a spray bottle handy with all my acrylics.

Unlike Deb, I've never had much luck with the water mixable oils.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thankyou so much Barbara, for your wonderful comments. I haven't tried the Golden Open Acrylics, but over here, they are about twice the price of the other brands, so I could possibly introduce one colour at a time. Have you tried acrylics on drafting film - I haven't but wondered how they go.