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Versatile medium that it is, acrylic paint can be used on virtually any surface to which it adheres.  So all kinds of paper work wonderfully.  This study of the fruit bowl is painted (13.5 x 12 inches) on a stiff sheet of smooth watercolor paper.  I made the painting to study one detail of the still life table for a painting in progress.

It ended up being a form of “painting therapy,” a way of preventing me from messing up a painting that’s far along in the works via some frustration I was feeling.  Better to take the frustration out on a separate drawing — get the painting distress out of the system harmlessly — all while learning more about the motif and making another small painting.  Take that, bowl of fruit!  You won’t vex me!

Be your own art psychotherapist — confront the art problems on scraps of paper that lie about.  Work it out and learn new stuff.  What’s not to like ….

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