My acrylic style is more realistic, still illustrative, using natural tones and colours.
I like to use various makes of paint, Atelier, Matisse and Jo Sonja, as they each have unique qualities and finishes, the former being a gloss or satin finish whereas the Jo Sonja is a matte finish.
I work on canvas blocks, a wooden frame covered in canvas that ranges from 1 to 2 inches thick, and a quality canvas with a close tight weave. I do give my canvases a couple of coats of a good quality Gesso this dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Gesso prepares (or “primes”) the surface for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas. Once completed the paint is allowed to cure, this takes up to a couple of weeks, and then varnished to protect them.
Acrylics – A Beautiful Painting Style
The beauty of acrylic painting is that it can be painted over other layers, giving texture and enabling me to create fine detail as a finishing touch, such as fur strokes and whiskers. It is hard wearing and long lasting but still needs to be looked after once on your wall. A light dust or wipe with a clean damp cloth will stop the build-up of dust and grime from discolouring the painting. The great thing about my acrylic paintings is there is no need for a frame, if your painting is on a canvas block it can hang straight onto a hook on your wall.
I have also worked with acrylic and water-based oils on the one painting, especially on very large canvases, I start painting with acrylics in order for the painting to dry quickly, then over paint with the water-based oils using a palette knife for extra texture, even splattering my work with gold Alcohol inks or liquid iridised acrylic inks for extra dimension.
Yvonne creates unique and personalised artwork, customised to her client’s requests, to produce a piece of art to treasure forever.