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Pastel Seascape

Lilikins 24 Mar 2020

Grew up watching Bob Ross and finally decided to give painting a try a few weeks ago. I was initially frustrated since it’s difficult to achieve Ross style blending with acrylics. This is my first time using open acrylics and I’m pretty happy with the results except for the wonky looking wave. Learned a lot from this one and look forward to many more paintings!


This is very pretty, I think the lighting in the sky really makes it shine. If you dont mind my asking what did you paint it on?

Thanks! I think it was a masters touch canvas? Honestly I’m not 100% as I just grabbed what was on sale since I still don’t know what to look for when purchasing a canvas. I was just happy to find something oval shaped since I didn’t trust myself with contact paper. The paint is the golden open acrylic landscaping set.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

If you already created this beautiful painting with acrylics, imagine what you would do with oil! Just a thought!
For canvas advice, check/read some articles about it (specially Sunnylady), it will help you!

This is great work. I like that you moved wave to the center and it is not hidden by the land. I realized that very late and decided not to have the dune in my painting and it became a bit empty looking. But it is ok, I learnt to check what I want to get and give it an extra thought about composition. That painting is hanging on the wall.

Clouds near the sun caught my attention as they have very defined edges... but when i read that it is done in acrylic it explained this nice sharpness.

I am even more impressed now knowing it is acrylic and how great is the blending here!

Voy, thanks a lot for referring to my article I hope it will give a bit of knowledge to every reader.

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I will read up about canvases! I’m so happy to have discovered this site and wish I had found it sooner. I started with acrylics due to health concerns but I was just about to give up until I found these new paints. It’s like liquid magic and now I can paint along with Bob and use wet on wet.

How long do they dry and what do you use for media? the thinner from the set? I used acrylics in the past and abandoned them for landscapes but instead to use for abstract/contemporary art projects or very simplistic landscapes. I only started realizing the benefits of acrylics after painting for some time wit oil paints.

I haven’t done an actual test but I know there are you tubers out there who have actually timed the drying time of reg acrylics vs open. It’s not going to be nearly as long as oils I’m sure but it WAY better than regular acrylic. I was constantly stressed with regular acrylics because in my climate I seem to have maybe 2 minutes before it’s tacky. I’m not quick enough and freaked out my cats every time I picked up the spray bottle to mist the paint. With the open ones I have at least 15 minutes and if I want to extend it I can use the thinner that came with the set. I don’t know if it’s appropriate but I used a thin layer of the thinner as a base coat where bob did the liquid white and it allowed me to blend better than I thought possible. The paint is highly pigmented so a little color goes a long way especially for pastels. I sound like I’m advertising for them, but I’m just so darn happy to finally find something that works! I may try their fluid line for things like tree branches and vegetation because I still can’t really mimic oils with this type of acrylic.

I am happy that you found media that makes you happy. This is important! Thanks for sharing the information about these paints!


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