[Sponsored] Though she additionally paints giant canvasses, these days LaurieAnne Gonzalez has been working in a a lot smaller format. Her tiny landscapes, created with Golden Artist Acrylics on paper, make a giant impression.
Earlier than shifting to Arizona, LaurieAnne Gonzalez didn’t even paint landscapes, however the heat coloration and thrilling textures of the desert setting fully captivated her. “Now I carry my love of panorama portray all through all of my travels,” she says.
As somebody who likes to work quick, LaurieAnne finds that the quick-drying qualities of acrylics swimsuit her completely. She particularly enjoys working with Golden Heavy Physique Artist Acrylics. Identified for a easy, buttery consistency, the paints have a thicker viscosity that permits for pronounced strokes and marks.
Though LaurieAnne has painted on canvasses as giant as 3×4 ft prior to now, she started working small—actually small— a number of years in the past and has beloved the problem of capturing a bit of gorgeous surroundings on a tiny, 3×5-inch scale.
All of LaurieAnne’s work are impressed by her travels. “I solely paint from pictures I’ve taken myself,” she says. “After I come dwelling from a visit, I instantly begin working from these pictures. I generally revisit a sequence after I’m hit with the journey bug and miss a selected place. It’s a approach for me to recall the expertise.”
When it comes to supplies, there are only some issues that change for the artist between her small and enormous work: the quantity of paint she makes use of and the dimensions of her brushes.
Paints: Golden Heavy Physique Artist Acrylics (cadmium purple gentle, benzimidazolone yellow medium, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre); Golden OPEN Sluggish drying Acrylic (carbon black and Payne’s grey); and Blick Matte Acrylic (white)
Floor: Strathmore 400 Sequence acrylic paper pad, Canson XL watercolor paper pad (11×15-inch Euro Fold), Blick Premier Stretched Cotton Canvas
Brushes: Princeton Summit Sequence 6100 White Comfortable synthetics; Da Vinci Prime Acryl synthetics; Princeton Actual Worth White Taklon synthetics (no. 9155); Royal Langnickel Comfortable Grip White Taklon synthetics (quick deal with set)
Miscellaneous: Golden acrylic mediums, Golden acrylic gesso, Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver, Blick multi-colored painting knife set, Derwent Spritzer mister spray bottle, New Wave glass tabletop palettes (white), Blick Studio disposable palette pads, Prismacolor Premier colored pencils (set of 12, Botanical Colors), a Blick French Easel by Jullian, and a pocket-size Artist’s Color Wheel.
Tips for Working Tiny
Although she approaches a tiny landscape much like she would a larger painting, LaurieAnne has developed a few strategies for painting on a smaller scale. “The biggest challenge is to trying to avoid overworking the painting by getting too detailed,” she says. “Be loose! Remind yourself to hold your brush loosely and step away from the work every once in a while to look at it from a distance. Everything changes when you step back a bit!”
LaurieAnne is currently excited about a new camper van and the artistic adventures ahead. “I can’t wait to see the paintings that come out of all of these trips I’m planning,” she says. “All of my practice at painting tiny is going to pay off, because I can pretty much turn the van into my own tiny, mobile studio!” Learn more at laurieanneart.com and follow the artist @laurieanneart.
This article was sponsored by Blick.