Friday, September 26, 2008

Golden Open Acrylic

I've been holding back on sharing my newest art product. Earlier this month I got some of Golden's new Open Acrylic. My first reaction: love at first brush stroke.
The creamy paint was marvelous to work with.
For several years I worked in transparent watercolors. A couple years ago I started working with acrylics because I wanted to experiment with textures and mixed media. I also just wanted to push around lots of paint! While I enjoy traditional acrylic, I had to learn new ways to handle the paint because it doesn't have the wetting and lifting qualities of watercolor. The biggest frustration for me has been working on subtle transitions of color. It can be done with the traditional acrylics, but it requires vigilance and much practice.
So far, the greatest joy for me with Open is the ability to paint in a more relaxed manner. I also love that the paint stays workable on the palette for hours. The creamy quality can be maintained by adding a bit of the Open Thinner, because the paint does get a bit sticky as it stays on the palette for long periods of time.

This study was done on 8"x8" Crescent illustration board that I had prepared with gesso. (I keep a stack of these on hand.) The rest is all done with Golden Open Acrylics. I purchased the 2 starter sets - modern pigments and traditional pigments. You'll want the Open Thinner. I also got some Open gloss medium, but did not use it on this piece.

After studying my scanned image, I see a couple adjustments I'd like to make, but this painting is just about done. I'll let it cure about 4 weeks, and then seal it.

Have you tried Open? What did you think?


Anonymous said...

This is the 2nd review that I've heard this week, both very positive. Makes me want to run out and do a little shopping.

Julie Bagamary said...

I just came across your blog today. I like your style.

mistymawn said...

beautiful painting!!!

i have a few samples of open acrylics on my work table, but haven't tried them yet, i think today i will!!!

i hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

PJ said...

I'd love to say I knew anything about paint, but can't. What I CAN say is I just love your sunflower and with a little bee on it! Love the color and the subtle different tones/light.

Shayla said...

Wow- it stays workable for hours! I'd be out of my element there, but it sounds like fun. That's a beautiful sunflower, Regina.

Janvangogh said...

Golden paints always has such great intense color. Will have to get some of the OPen colors and give them a try. Great painting!

Lucy said...

I just started getting into golden fluid acrylics this spring, so I haven't yet strayed from this brand but I would love to try the open acrylics. I am hoping they will have some good deals on them when I go to an Art trade show in November. I'm going to stock up on my art supplies for a year and hopefully stay out of Michael's every week..LOL

LOVE your floral piece, it's so vivid and lovely. Great job!

linda said...

love your sunflower!

thanks for sharing about the Opens...have heard some good things about these paints and am going to try them...there's another line of these, the name escaping me right now and they are supposed to be good too so I think it's the way of the future...

thanks for sharing!! :)

Catherine said...

Dear Regina,
Tank you for your visit and your comment on my blog !
Your sunflower is beautiful !!! I just love the contrast between the flower and the blue background !
It is difficult for me to work with acrylics and, so, I really admire your talent !!!

Kelly said...

Regina, I LOVE this sunflower! So bright and cheerful...right up my alley! Thanks for stopping in to my blog. I'll have to get better about posting show pictures! K

Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Regina,
Wow -- you sold me on these products. I just received some samples of this product about a week ago and have not tried them yet. Now I can't wait to dig in. Thank you so much for your feedback.


Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Regina,
Wow -- you sold me on these products. I just received some samples of this product about a week ago and have not tried them yet. Now I can't wait to dig in. Thank you so much for your feedback.


Wurzerl said...

Dear Regina! It' s very interesting for me to make a comparison between your both sunflower pictures. I think there is no favourite I like them both. This new one is a little bit more suitable to bring sun in Autumn. Here we have colored leaves!!
Have a great time Wurzerl

Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Regina,
Thanks so much for stopping by -- I always love receiving comments from you!


Leah said...

lovely painting!! and now i really want to try out golden's open acrylics!!

myartic said...

I have been using the new Open Acrylics for a couple of months now and love them. I paint animal portraits which require a lot of blending. Thanks to Golden this is no longer a challenge.
I also recently attended a workshop given by Chroma and got to try their interactive acrylics. These also have a longer drying time, but are thicker and tend to get tacky.

Lisa Cohen said...

Thank you for commenting over at my blog and sending me the link to your review... it's been very helpful in helping me decide. I'm SOLD! I was going to get the modern set but I think I will go ahead and order the other one two as I loved them all! LOL! And thank you for the tip on getting the thinner... I wouldn't have known to get this. My Dick Blick shopping cart list just keeps getting bigger and bigger! ;-)