Now being a self-taught acrylic painter means that you have had to learn a few things the hard way, and I am no exception. In my early days, I on more than one occasion had to change my light source or move to my operation to different location while I was in the middle of working on a piece and every time this turned out to be a total disaster. I would find that all of a sudden the painting I was working on that previously I had thought was going to lift me up to such lofty heights had suddenly turned into some mediocre piece of crap. Now how could that be! Was I just delusional the whole time I was working on it and then one day I wake up and suddenly I perceive everything differently? With my delusions of grandeur snuffed out, I began to question everything about myself, how could I convince myself into thinking that I was on some quest to create some great work of art when in reality my output was just some run of the mill layers of paint on a canvas? Have I changed? am I normal now or was I before?
Here is the series of events that would always follow suit:
• First I would curse my old self for being so short sighted.
• Then I would go into damage control mode, like an artistic version of CPR, I would end up repainting the whole composition on top of the old one at a fast and frantic pace.
• When this did not work I would then end up destroying the artwork and then throw the painting in the garbage.
• This of course would lead me to the conclusion that I just could not paint at all and I would not take work on any more art for very long periods of time.
Sometimes years, sometimes decades.
The answer to my problem of course was that I did not take into consideration was the change of my light source (which I had never gave a second thought to) would dramatically effect the way I was seeing my painting. Different light sources cast different qualities of light, fluorescent light can run on the greenish side, incandescent bulbs cast more of a yellow light which flatters the hotter hues, but is not so great with the cool ones, halogen is more of a white light which can rob your work of intensity and natural light changes during the hours of the day. These different types of lighting are going to alter the playing field of your acrylic painting in some way with what you are working on, the impact fullness and the intensity of your original composition is going to change and probably not in your favor. Not only are you going to see the variation in the colors you choose, you are going to see a difference in your lights and shadows and that is the whole ball game as far as I am concerned, that is your foundation. Right now I am using a combination of incandescent and halogen lighting while I am painting which I am somewhat happy with, but I am still experimenting, still taking suggestions, at least now I have the good sense not to change my horses in mid stream, If I am going to make any lighting changes now, I am going to wait until I start a new painting.
March 8, 2014