Category Archives: Acrylic

More Acrylic Play

Another acrylic experiment here resulting in an altogether different abstract — layers of opaque paint, taped-off areas (later removed), acrylic washes, and a bit of solvent thrown in for fun. Complete lack of control. I had no idea what would result. Pretty wild.

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abstract_IMG_8082(10″ x 22″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
Displayed artwork © 2018 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


Acrylic Play

I’ve been taking acrylic painting classes and experimenting on my own this year. I’m still not comfortable but that’s a good thing — I have no sense of what to do, so anything I do is a really good lesson. How do I begin? Do I like these colors together? Does the paint feel better thin or thick? What if I throw this on it? Or add this line?

Wonderfully, it is all just paint! I’ve overpainted some panels many, many times with no guilt at all for hiding the previous. This abstract, for instance, is about the eighth layer of paint it’s seen. Vastly different from the first lay of colors, it now feels right to me. This one is done.

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(12″ x 12″ acrylic on cradled birch panel)
Displayed artwork © 2018 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

L.A.P. Dog

It’s not what you think, although if he jumped into my lap I’d allow him a short stay. It’s that I hate wasting paint, even a little bit. He is a Leftover Acrylic Paint dog.

The orange, blue, and red colors on his face are leftover acrylic paint smeared on a page, then folded — forming his somewhat symmetrical blotches. I looked at it from time to time just enjoying the blobs. Then I spotted him and drew him out.

This ‘Rorschach’ian method may say something about my personality type and emotional functioning. Do you think I have a thought disorder?

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(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Pudding Bowl

The “pudding bowl” cut, “pudding basin” cut, or just plain “bowl” cut — no matter what you call it, it’s all bad. Always was and forever will be. If any of you were victims of a lazy-scissored Mom who insisted on saving pennies by avoiding the barber, I feel for you. I must admit my own mother took the scissors to my bangs like this once upon a time and I still loathe my school photo from that year.

Arguably, the only face to pull it off successfully was Moe, Three Stooges’ Moe Howard. Between him and his brothers Shemp and Larry, they pretty much characterized the spectrum of hair foibles:  bowl cut, crew cut, and you-really-ought-to-just-shave-it-off-because-you’re-bald-on-top cut.


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Healthywealthy” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia)

This painting exercise apparently unlocked my disdain for the “bowl.” It is a reverse acrylic painting on clear vinyl with collage elements, set against a black piece of paper. It’s got attitude I didn’t expect when I started. Art reveals truth!

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(8.5″ x 11″  mixed media on vinyl sheet)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Kids Art Week – Oil Pastel + Paint People

This “Kids” assignment goes up in a snap. And it was a great reminder how I love the buttery goodness of rubbing oil pastels on paper. Thank you, Diane!

All you need is a little acrylic paint and a few bright oil pastels. Look up Lesson#5 in  Kids Art Week.

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(1″ x 11″  acrylic paint & oil pastels on construction paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Kids Art Week – ‘Picasso Dog’ Rabbit

Who turns down free stuff? I don’t. So I was thrilled to be one of the “kids” in a free 6-day Kids Art Week class. You can sign up anytime and take it yourself. Be a kid again! Even better: Recruit a younger (or older) kid to do it with you!

Here is my ‘Picasso Dog’ from lesson #1. The wonderful Carla Sonheim steps you through it.

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(5″ x 5″  acrylic on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

One More Table Top Class Piece

Tabletopclassblogbig2Diane Culhane’s painting technique involves layers and layers of overlapping color. She achieves a depth and richness that fascinates. And her compositions? Well, they’re fairytale’ish delights revealing new details each time you look. I could explore them for hours.

In class we practiced her method of overlapping semi-transparent acrylic glazes. Developing a painting this way is both magical and maddening. Too many layers and the wonderful mystery of the color build is lost. Problem is, you don’t know you’ve blown it until it’s too late. Here is my first experiment with this method. I felt kind of like the creepy doll perched precariously, below…

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(8.5″ x  11″ acrylic and pen & ink on hot press paper)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

4 x 4 Monoprinting

I simply HAD to paint with my gelli plate the other night. I chose a limited palette of 4 paints (black, white, burnt umber, and yellow-gold) and pulled only these 4 prints. My goal was simply to see how different or unified the prints would look.

Which arrangement do you prefer?

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Side-by-side arrangement


Stacked arrangement

(8.5″ x 11″ each print, acrylic on index stock)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Another Acrylic Experiment

Mixin’ it up: layered acrylic with alcohol, charcoal, and pen.

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(5.5″ x 9″ mostly acrylic on crescent board)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Valentine’s Day Love

Hugs to all of you today!

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(4″ x 5″  mixed media on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.