Acrylics are a great medium. They are clean, they are strong, they create a mood and provide for brilliance as well as texture. Using a wet on wet technique with acrylics creates a depth of colour that for me shapes the movement and the intensity that I want to transmit, especially in my “Jazz Art” pieces.
One important thing to keep in mind is that you have to work fast for acrylics dry very, very fast. Working with acrylics is completely different from working with oils, pastels and watercolours. But, the same techniques can be applied using both mediums…acrylics and oils…if you work them according to their properties. So, the one important thing to keep in mind is that you must work fast to get the wet on wet effect with acrylics. The rest is up to you.
I used the acrylic wet on wet technique on the painting above. I first applied several layers of colour to the canvas to create a background beneath the background. Although it might seem useless, it does give the canvas a different texture and the colours laid upon other colours acquire a different visual quality than when applied on a white canvas. Laying on thick paint, it remained wet a triffle longer and I took advantage of that to then apply different colours on the wet ones. After it began to dry I added the final touches and the black lines in some places to create the figurative abstraction that I was seeking in the composition.
On this one, “Pink Watermelon Conga Man”, tipping my hat to Mongo Santamaria’s Latin Jazz classic “Watermelon Man”, I used the same technique. Although it seems to have a pink background, it is actually a combination of several colours, including metallic acrylic reds and lilacs with the greens mixed in while still wet. The colours combined created new colours of their own and as the paint dried, I added the black lines to create the principal character.
Both of these paintings are from my “JaZzArt en Valencia” 2019 collection that I will exhibit here in Valencia very soon. The original expo was scheduled for last week but had to be rescheduled. Most of the other works in the exhibition were done with the same technique of mixing wet paint with wet paint.
The idea was to recreate the spontaneity, the action, movement and even the sounds of the jazz players in the compositions. That is definitely an integral part of Jazz Art. There has to be improvisation and what better way to improvise than mixing wet paint with wet paint, without knowing exactly, what the end results will be…
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