How I Became a Crack Addict with Acrylics
Jan 12, 2017
LESSON THREE, 2016
Lesson Three is another transition piece from oils to acrylics.
I was beginning to like acrylics. But my other foot was still solidly entrenched
in oil/cold wax medium.
I had fallen in love with oils only a year before, and I was reluctant
to let it go.
At first, I was skeptical that acrylics could even remotely simulate the effects
I had labored to achieve in oil/cold wax. I was overwhelmed with the choices.
Too many bells and whistles: acrylic gel thickeners, molding paste, retarders,
gloss-semigloss-matte, fluid medium, clear tar gel, course pumice gel, GAC!!!
And then, I discovered crackle paste.
To my fascination and utter surprise, crackle paste behaved as advertised.
It cracked! I was so mesmerized that, for a short time at least, I wanted to apply
crackle paste to everything.
I became a crack addict. Forget about watching paint dry. I was watching paint
crack! Your honor, I present "Lesson Three", my third acrylic painting. For the
child in me, it was magic, and I wanted more.
And so I turned my back on those lovely oils and plunged myself headlong into
acrylics. Ah, well, another year, another medium. It was early 2016, and I found
myself merrily skipping down another yellow brick road.
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