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Opaque Tulip by Alet

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By Alet01

Opaque Tulip by Alet

Opaque Tulip

Opaque Tulip by Alet

Title and Medium

Opaque Tulip on canvas 9" x 12"

Winston & Newton Galeria opaque colours - Cerulean Blue, Titanium white, Cadium Yellow Medium, Cadium Red medium

Artist's Statement

I have decided to paint the tulip since I painted it previously in transparent colours. I had to mix the opaque colours that I have because the opaque colours palette is limited. It was quite a different experience. Opaque colours dries quicker than the transparent colours and to try and do some shading is difficult. To get the background colour I had to soften the blue with the titatium white. Opaque colours don't have depth like the transparent colours. It was really an experience to paint only in opaque.

What I'd Do Differently

  • It was a great learning curve for me and I enjoyed it.

Marion Boddy-Evans, About.com Painting, says:

If acrylics are drying too fast for blending, try using small brushmarks of broken color. Up close it'll look like a patchwork of color, but from further away it blends in the viewer's eyes.

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