Fluvanna Art Association

May-June 2017 Newsletter

The Fluvanna Art Association News is published bi-monthly and is written and edited by Page H. Gifford.

Ten Mistakes of Acrylic Painting

Artist, Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art, discussed the ten common mistakes acrylic artists make:

1. Being afraid to make a mistake. Happy accidents should be embraced. “If you don’t make mistakes, you won’t learn.” She adds you should feel your paint and brushes and that books and tutorials can’t always teach you what hands on can. “Don’t worry about perfection or you won’t learn.”

2. Choosing the wrong canvas. Do not use cheap canvases.

3. Choosing the wrong paint. Low cost paints have more binder and less pigment. Clough likes the Liquitex line, Liquitex Basics, soft and hard body paints depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. Start out with black and white.

4. Over thinking color mixing. Start with a few colors and experiment. She suggests reading books on color theory. Once you begin experimenting with color mixing, it will make more sense.

5. Mixing too much paint. Do not mix paint with a palette knife. Pull colors into one another, do not mix.

6. Do not leave paintbrushes in water. It ruins them and loosens the glue in the ferules.

7. Dry brushing and not using enough paint. “It’s a lazy technique taught to beginners and not used that often by artists. It’s a bad habit that should be used sparingly.” Learn wet into wet so it looks like oil.

8. Starting off with too large a canvas. Paint dries too fast. When first learning, paint small.

9. Do not over blend colors otherwise it creates mud and looks overworked.

10. Limiting yourself to beginning tutorials and techniques. After completing 3-4 paintings try more advanced techniques even if they don’t look like what they should. You limit yourself staying at the beginners’ level, move forward with advanced techniques. To see the full video go here.

Artist’s Spotlight

Troy Weidenheimer Talks About Painting Skies: “What you learn about art can be transferred to other forms of art,” said artist and FAA instructor Troy Weidenheimer. At the May meeting, Weidenheimer discussed the unique skies across Virginia, particularly over the Blue Ridge Mountains. “Learning to paint clouds is hard, they often look like dumb cotton balls in a pile of spaghetti.”

Weidenheimer, a staunch proponent of practice, practice, practice, suggested using canvas sheets and practice making 20-30 cloud formations. “Hammering on it will not improve it but practice will.” He added that professional artists always know what not to do and don’t travel that road. “If you want to practice shapes, look at cauliflower, I’m not kidding.”

To create the background, he uses ¾-1” flat nylon brush. He adds he actually uses a blush brush for “tipping” in color when blending acrylics. The rule with acrylics is not to over blend but pounce in a bit of color. He also recommends using dry brushes to blend in color.

As for color, he likes dark blue or turquoise, a little white and yellow ochre or Naples yellow. He reminded the audience to pay attention to the colors reflected on objects below the clouds and to note what direction the sun is coming from.

“Where is it reflected in the clouds?” Regarding painting the light and dark areas of clouds, he numbers the areas and their values from 1-7. “You follow the same rules of perspective for sky and cloud formations,” he said. “Watch your layering of clouds, which do you paint first, foreground or background? Try foreground first then try background first.”

With all landscape areas, it takes time, patience and practice. If anyone has any questions about painting skies, contact him via email, he is more than happy to answer your questions.


Yves St. Laurent, The Perfection of Style

VMFA through Aug. 27

Members Jan Taylor, Linda Mullin and Sheila Richard saw the recent exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts featuring French designer Yves St. Laurent. They were amazed at the designs and the imagination of this fabulous designer who once studied under the great Dior and then became a fashion star in his own right.




If you have usable art supplies you no longer want or need, please donate them to the Fluvanna Art Association Tag Sale being held on Saturday, July 29, at the Fluvanna County Library. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the art departments of the Fluvanna County High School and Middle School. Please drop off your donations at the Fluvanna Library between 9a.m.-12 noon on Friday, July 28.

For those interested in the newly formed Plein Air Group, contact Lorraine Momper.

Call for Entries! Anyone interested in the Up-cycle Recycle exhibit at the Louisa Arts Center and how to enter, visit louisaarts.org for more information.

August 11th, 2017 | Categorized: newsletter