Q. I watched the video painting "untouched by human". I wanted to know if you covered the entire canvas with texture?
A. For this painting I used both light molding paste as well as crackle paste by Golden Acrylics and indeed covered entire canvas with using both of those mediums.
Q. Dear Peter,
Thank you for sharing your passion for abstract painting. How do you manage to keep
the acrylic paint from drying so quickly. I notice in your 30 minute video, the paint surface
seems to stay wet (and removable) for quite some time. Any secrets, suggestions?
A. HI Faye,
Thank you for your message and your question. What I usually do before I start painting is that I usually would wet the canvs surface first inorder to keep paint moist for longer duration. I would also reccomend to try acylic paint retarder which will provide much longer working time if you really need it.
Q. When I sign in for trial, silver or gold....is there a big difference? I also wanted to ask or the videos I now pay for to see are not on Youtube in a few months? Otherwise I wait and look at them there... :)
A. Thank you for your question. Most of the videos on my website are 100% exclusive to this website. To see and sign up for different packages please go to Registration page located here: http://abstractartlesson.com/all-registration/
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Q. Hey mate, really enjoying watching you create your paintings, it's so fluid. Do you use any mediums at all to keep the acrylics wetter? I'm finding that they dry too fast for me to blend colours. Is this something i just need to gain more experience with and practice? How do you approach this problem?
A. you can try to utilize acrylic retarder https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=acrylic+retarder&tbm=shop
I simply use water before and during the painting if need be. Another important aspect is the type of acrylic paint that you are using.
Q. is anyone out there able to access the memberships to purchase? I love Pete's art and since he now incorporates audio with the video they are very valuable learning tools. I had a membership a few years ago, but think the site is much better now except I can't seem to access anywhere to purchase a membership. any info would be appreciated.
A. sorry for the confusion - if you click on top left menu icon there is a Registration link in the top right corner of that tab
Q. what type of paint do you use in your paintings
A. For my abstract paintings I use "Baiscs" by Liquitex acrylic paint.
Q. Love your work, Peter. I signed up for the trial offer and downloaded 50 of my paintings for the 1-month Silver membership. What do I need to do now?
A. After you upload fifty or more of your artworks to "Share Your Art" page - please email me your userid through "Contact" page so that I can set your account up for Free Silver Membership.
Q. Hi, how many paintings can I download ?
I downloaded a few but it only showed one repeatedly And I wasn't able to delete the extra same paintings that were downloaded. And my avatar was not cropped right.
A. Hi Elena, There is no limit on how many artworks you can upload to share on my website. I would reccomend to upload as many as you want. As far as your qustion in regards to deleting duplicate upload of the same painting - can you please use "Contact" page to email me your userid so that I can check your account and make any necessary adjustments if need be.
Q. I signed up for free 7 day videos and got a Email but it is all imbedded as one with no place to click on to get the 7 day usage. Help?
A. Please do not confuse Trial membership with the Free Videocourse by email. The trial membership videos and all other videos for other membership packages are located on "Video" page of my website. You would need to login (top right corner link) to my website and go to the "Video" page link (at the top navigation) to see the 7 day trial videos.
Q. I would like to sign up for your free abstract painting techniques course, but the button to do so, and place to leave your email address is missing on screen
A. Sorry I was in the middle of updating my abstract lesson website and this issue was fixed recently.
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When you begin to create your abstract painting one thing that you must decide is what type of theme you would like to approach.
We tend to think of paint as something that must be applied to a surface, and that's all most paints are capable of, until now. Acrylics are plastic; they dry to form a solid flexible, transparent skin. While we know that these qualities make for a durable paint medium, what may be a surprise is that they also give acrylics the ability to be used as sculptural tools. Without the sustenance of a support, acrylic paint becomes so much more than mere coating. You can whip it, carve it, slice it, dice it, smear or spread it into a solid mass or sheet. And once you have done that, you can inprovise to create incredible soft sculptures. The warm acrylic film will stick very well to itself, as well as to other things. It can be stretched, stuck, or pured onto a surface to coat an armature or object. Sheets of dried acrylic, colors and mediums can be used to produce translucent and rigid sculptures that can stand alone or be made to appear to drip from the walls and ceiling. Creating a freestanding, three-dimensional acrylic paint sculpture can be a tricky process for two reason. First, the acrylic paint film is a soft, pliant material, in order to give the film enough rigidity to hold its shape, the acrylic sheet must be reinforced with some type of internal support. The support can be flexible one, such as a pliable wire, or a rigid one, like a bamboo skewer. The second challenge to creating freestanding sculptures is that acrylics are a thermoplastic, and thus the ambient temperature has to be takken into account. heat will cause the film to sag, stretch, and stick to itself, while cooler temperatures will make the acrylic stiffen and be susceptible to breakage. The solution here would be to build three-dimensional projects at room temperature. Sculpting with acrylic presents some unique possibilities. The acrylic sheets can be made to llok like fused glass by combining acrylic color in different stages of drying, or items can be embedded into the soft acrylic to accent sculptural work.
Purplose of Acrylic Ground
The purpose of acrylic ground is to protect and seal the support plus provide the paint with something to bond to. Absorbent asupports like paper, wood, and canvas will readily soak up the paint. Applying a gesso or other base coat not only seals the material but allows the paint to flow more freely over the surface instead of geeting caught in the grain. Priming the paint support is economical as well as vital to the longevity of a piece.
Priming wood and wood products
Priming wood and wood products is of particular importance for several reasons:
1. Change in temperature causes wood to shrink, expand, and warp, which can stretch the paint film beyond its tolerance.
2. Water absorption into the wood either from exterior sources or from the paint itself will cause the wood to expand while wet and contract as the paint dries. This could cause the paint to dry unevenly, which can trigger cracking or cratering
3. Any sap still present in the wood can inhibit proper curing in the paint, and can stain light colors.
4. Large knots in wood should always be sealed with proper wood sealer before being primed with an acrylic product.
Guaring against acrylic paint damage
Even thoroughly dried acrylic can sometimes fall prey to water, chemical, or mildew damage. One way to guard against this is to seal a porous support in order to inhibit the absorption of any agents that could have an adverse affect on the paint film
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Hi there Peter, I would like to thank you. Last june I broke my right hand and had no income for ten weeks so became quite depressed.To get myself out of this mind frame i started watching tutorials on abstract painting. I found your tutorials very good and your voice is very relaxing which helped […]