|Sunlit Still Life, 12" x 12", acrylic on panel|
|Vizcaya, 11" x 14", acrylic on panel|
A few years back Joe switched from working in oils to acrylics, finding the medium more suitable for his evolving style-- laying the paint on quickly and somewhat sporadically. Even in the plein air work Joe does, the fast drying time of acrylic paints don't impede Joe; if anything, they encourage him to make the strokes he intends and move quickly. In painting with acrylics, Joe advises artists to use stiff synthetic brushes as they move paint well. For most of his work, Joe uses flats and filberts in rather large sizes because they offer broad open strokes. As he layers the paint refining the passages, he allows each layer to hold some of its own color and substance to show through.
|Across the Stream, 12" x 12", acrylic on panel|
Joe will be doing demonstrations and workshops around the country this year on his switch to acrylics and painting still life. He will be at the Bethlehem Palette Club on May 4th doing a workshop on still life painting.
|Wading, 14" x 18", acrylic on panel|
For a better understanding of plein air work and walk through an online demo with Joe, tune in to Utrecht's own website: Painting a Plein Air Still Life.
To see more of Joe's work in person, visit one of his two galleris, The William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, New Jersey or the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.