Trialling Golden Open Acrylics for my Custom Pet Portraits

I used to paint with acrylics but battling with fast drying paint in a warm climate did my head in - so last year I switched to completing my paintings in water soluble oils.

I really do love painting with these oils because it gives me the slow drying time and blending capacity of traditional oil paint. It also has the added bonus of having no nasty smells that can cause headaches and is relatively easy to clean up brushes with soapy water and a bit of soaking.

The issue I have been having is that oil paint takes days, if not weeks to dry. I get impatient for my clients to receive their portraits that they are waiting on, so I thought I’d try out the Golden Open slow drying acrylics to see how they compare.

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My Model

Oberon is a beautiful young Shih-Tzu/Poodle (Shihpoo) with a gorgeous black coat and the unforgettable feature of his hairstyle. With his locks permanently covering his eyes, he reminded me of Sam Sheepdog from the Looney Tunes cartoon. You know the one - “Morning Ralph”

As black dogs are difficult to photograph, I went to meet Oberon and his family and took lots of photos of his lovely shiney coat. They had an idea of what they wanted as far as how Oberon would be standing. Do you think he wanted to co-operate? Um, no! But we gently encouraged him to stand in a way that showcased his curly tail and sweet smile.