Saint Francis and the Cranky Birds. Acrylic on door panel, approx. 11" x 44". Private collection.
Have used portions of this painting in previous posts. There's a close-up of his face at http://tomsarmo.blogspot.com/2012/02/progression-of-faces.html
Since I'm still working on a couple of large paintings, I have nothing newly complete to post. Hence, a short entry.
Everyone always told me that acrylics are easier than watercolors, but I didn't listen. Despised acrylics back in high school--they were gooey and stretchy, way too transparent, and they stunk. But Ruth Fiege got me working with matte acrylics a few years back. It was a good surprise. They must have improved since the dawn of plastics. These acrylics don't stretch like snot, they are nicely opaque, and the smell is very mild.
And obviously, from this sketch, a painter can change things up quite a bit from the initial idea. Now St. Francis doesn't look like he's wearing a bowler hat.
The things I learn if I listen. Thanks, Ruth!
Btw, check out and follow her eclectic and informative blog--you won't be sorry.