To Resin or not to resin. The larger sizes of the Oceanic Series are created with liquid acrylic. I don’t use the same recipe repeatedly but I have recently started keeping a journal to document colors, brands and process. If you are interested about a specific piece, just email me because I am always happy to share info and talk shop. This particular piece incorporates resin in the final product. The end result is visually stunning in person. However it does make for a very heavy end result. This should always be a consideration. Many paintings are finished in galleries and frame shops with a large piece of brown paper on the back to give it a finished look, but this type of art is not well suited for that finish. The reason is that we mix water in the paints. canvas can absorb the water and when the resin creates a hard plastic coating, the presence of the brown paper can hold the moisture in side the canvas well and molding can occur. Many prefer the resin, because of the high gloss and glass like finish.
It adds depth and drama. It causes a visual 3d effect to appear with heightened contrast and color clarity. Colors that dry flat and matte all of a sudden awaken with vibrancy. This process is fairly new however, and many do not appreciate the plastic look in comparison with older style varnishes which accentuate the brush stroke or the relief of paint layers that are not applied in fine glazes. For this type of preference other options are available. The paint can be applied with a paring medium that dries in gloss and a fine layer of spray varnish can be applied for a more traditional painterly feeling. There is also a top coat that dries much like a mod podge but of better quality, that shows the drama and texture of the paint much better than resin and is much lighter than resin. I can provide samples of each varnishing option before you choose how to plan for your commission. The only thing that is not recommend is leaving the paint “raw” because acrylic is a delicate and soft paint that needs a layer of protection.