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EXCERPTS: ACRYLIC PAINT
In America, Liquitex was the first company to sell water-soluble artists' acrylic paints in the 1950s. By the early 1960s, modern, high-viscosity acrylic paints were sold in America.
Acrylic paint was used heavily for abstract art when it first came out because that was the dominant art style in America at that time.
Acrylic paint is versatile enough, however, to be used for any painting style.
Artists were known for mixing their own paints prior to acrylic paints. They routinely mixed their own oil and watercolor paints.
But acrylic is a modern day chemically based product.
Although one could mix the paint with media and raw pigments, hand mixing one’s own acrylic paint is difficult. It has too fast a drying time plus other technical issues.
The reality is that artists buy their acrylic paints and its additives.
For an artist to switch to acrylic paint, it is often time which is the critical factor. Artists who are very fast and spontaneous painters, who can quickly fix mistakes, will be more attracted to it than artists who are not.
EXCERPT: FRANKENTHALER’S USAGE OF ACRYLIC PAINTS
Frankenthaler did use her soaking and staining technique with oil on raw canvas first. The problem was that as the years went on, the oil was corrosive with the canvas. It ate through the canvas so the art work had serious archival problems.
What oil paint requires is a primer of Gesso be painted onto the canvas first. But by doing so, the paint will no longer be able to soak and sink into the canvas. The primer makes the canvas impermeable.
Soaking and staining was exactly what Frankenthaler wanted to do on huge canvases. Acrylic was the answer for her.
The canvas became much more of the painting with her technique. It was how the linen itself looked after the staining and soaking which mattered to her.
Thus the quality of the canvas was all important. With the acrylics, the painting also had a textile aspect to it.
By contrast, with oil painting, the canvas’s chief importance is as a support for the paint.