Tonal Attempts in Acrylic and Mixed Media

*These are both in acrylic: the top is on a 8” x 10” canvas, and the bottom is 4” x 6” canvas. 

For a few months now I’ve continued to revisit painting with acrylics – with many a muddy mess along the way – and I’m still mainly pursuing landscapes in a tonalist style.

I’m at the point of painting gesso over many of them so I can reuse the canvases for further practice. Some that I’m sharing here may be kept to see another day… 

As is often the case, after lots more painting, drawing and “hopefully” learning you look back, and “eek!” you can see that many are not “masterpieces”😉after all.

Trees in mixed media
Layers of Inktense inks, acrylics…neopastels…acrylic gel medium…on 300gsm cotton paper.


Towards the end of last year I have moved most of my art materials into my new art room/studio. A pretty exciting event. It’s a lovely space that we’ve built onto our land right next door to where we live. It also doubles as a guest room when/if needed – so there is a kitchenette and bathroom as well.

I’m a fairly tidy artist, so there’s no major rearranging to do if we have family or friends stay. There’s a photo from in there below; I’ll share more of it in another post. My home is still set up with art spaces to work in as well…feeling rather spoilt and thankful†! 

A mix of sizes here: 5”x7”, 4”x4”, 3”x 4”. I put magnet tape on the back of them for a (ever changing) display on a magnetic boar in my art room. The one top left is the one on the bottom in the first pic in this post. Prob should have taken a closer up photo…The pic on the wall above is a watercolour that I’ve enlarged to A4 size and printed…on the floor to the right is a black brush pen drawing with watercolour, I’ve enlarged and printed. On the the floor on the other side is a largish acrylic painting….that I’m not happy with.

I had the oil paints out for tiny bit – lovely lush feel and colours, but so slow to dry! Will try them again – eventually.

Sketchbook pages
Watercolours and inkpen in my Winsor&Newton cotton paper sketchbook

The next painting is inspired by a view of paddocks just across the road from my art studio.(Been calling it an art room, but studio sounds rather nice!) Not so much a tonal style, more a series of patterns….in many ways composition is like creating interesting patterns.

Painting of a landscape
Acrylic painting on cotton paper…which I put into an A4 frame – no glass…will need to apply an isolation coat, and then varnish it.
Small landscape painting
I began this with some black inkpen scribbles on paper, and then added some watercolour washes, and acrylic gel medium, and some acrylic colour glazing. And then put it in a 4” x 6” frame …without glass. I’ll apply varnish eventually as well. It’s on my kitchen bench.

Thanks for visiting here, and I hope you have a lovely day!

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