Acrylic on Paper: A Great Medium for Sketching

acrylic on paper, study of West 10th St. storefront

acrylic on paper, study of West 10th St. storefront

Am packing up for vacation and have decided to keep things simple with a few tubes of acrylic and some sketch pads designed for acrylic (Canson makes a great inexpensive pad for acrylics, about $5 at Walmart). I’m taking along the following colors: cobalt blue, yellow ochre, light red ochre, titanium white, burnt umber, cobalt turquoise, Naples yellow…my standard palette plus a few new ones I’ve been playing around with.

Heading to Cape Cod and not too sure about what I will paint when I’m there. This is not a painting trip, but a vacation, so it will be limited to quick sketches. I hope to do some in Provincetown as urban landscape excites me a little more than seascapes. Am also hoping to do some marine painting, boats are like buildings on water. 😀

If you are thinking about trying acrylics for the first time, or have experience and would like to experiment with some new techniques on alternative surfaces, I have a class at the NJ Visual Art Center that might be of interest. It’s called Introduction to Acrylics and will be held for 5 weeks on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the Workshops & Classes page or call the art center at 908-273-9121.


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