Does everyone remember Bob Ross? I talk about this dude constantly because I feel he was an artist genius. As a kid I was glued to the television every time his show came on PBS. (Shout out to the folks as PBS for creating educational, inspiration shit that cable-free kids like me had access to.) For those who don’t know who I am talking about: "The Joy of Painting" was a TV show hosted by Bob Ross where he stood at an easel and taught you how to paint using acrylic. He created these gorgeous nature scenes, plucked from his mind, in seemingly no time at all. Bob Ross walked us all through his personal art process in a calm and kind manner. He has undoubtedly inspired millions like myself.
Mr. Ross used acrylic so now I use this type of paint, too. His work positively shaped me over the years and influenced my own pursuit of painting. I find that I’m able to work in a freer fashion with acrylic versus oil paints which dry much slower. With this type of paint, there’s no need for mineral spirits or thinner of any kind.
Now that I’ve learned the properties of my medium, I can work with them accordingly. I like to mix additives into my paints which allows for different finishes or dry times. For instance, you can add a gloss medium to your paint and it’ll dry with a high sheen. There’s other additive mediums available to create a matte finish or slow/hasten dry times. I like the versatility of this medium because you can create a different look by easily switching up tools or by pouring paint onto the canvas. Acrylic paint is archival and easy to care for over time. Some paint additives even help your work remain dust-free over the years.
TL;DR- I paint in acrylic because it dries quickly, it’s less expensive, archival and non-toxic.
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