The Bewildered Painter

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”Vincent Van Gogh.

     I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background wash (is that even what you call it when using acrylic?) and I was pleased with how the colours were working.

     I had been working from a photo that I had taken; displayed on my tablet.  All seemed to be going well.  Then, having left the paint to dry, I returned to it and found that the paper had dried with some considerable bumps and ridges.  The paper was designed for the use of acrylic paint, so it was surprising to me that this would happen.

     I had dried the paintwork with the paper laying flat.  I discounted that as being the cause.  Perhaps the central heating we all have blaring at this time of year made the paint dry too rapidly?   I wondered whether perhaps I might leave too much water on my paint brush between colour change?  Would that cause the paint to be too wet and then dry badly?

     Here is the sheet of A4 paper with my background painted on to it.  You will note how it did not dry flat, quite clearly.

     Have you encountered this difficulty?  Do you know what may have caused the problem?  Do you know whether this can be fixed?  Would you simply suggest that I start again and see whether the same thing happens?

     Meanwhile, I would like to add how much fun there is to be had from dabbling with art, even for an untrained person.  If you are tempted to give it a go, please do.  It can be all too easy to feel lacking in skill and so reluctant to try.  Perhaps there is an art group in your area or, as I have done, set up a Facebook group among friends and then arrange between you to meet once per month, where possible, to practice art and crafts together.

(C) Dean G. Parsons, 2019.

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