Painting Over The Cracked Sky On The Palm Tree And Mountains Painting

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the acrylic painting of the palm trees with snow covered mountains had considerable cracking on the sky portion of the composition. When I created this painting in July of 2013 I had used several layers of glittery acrylic paint, which I think caused the cracking across the sky.  I decided to add a few more layers of glittery blue hued acrylic paint to cover the cracks in the sky. After adding a few layers of paint there was less cracking on the sky, but the new layers made the tops of the mountains start to crack. However, I decided the fissures in this painting give it character. Actually, another person on YouTube pointed this out to me, and I am thankful they did. Also, the cracks on the top of the mountains look similar to the snowy patches painted on the peaks, so this just works well. Some acrylic paints just crack, and sometimes it is better to accept how this can create unexpected but fun effects in a painting.

There were cracks in the sky I decided to paint over with sparkly acrylic paint.
There were cracks in the sky, so I decided to paint over these with sparkly blue acrylic paint.

 

A layer of the robin's egg blue acrylic paint has been added to the cracked sky.
A layer of the robin’s egg blue acrylic paint has been added to the cracked sky.
Two days later the paint layer has dried.
Two layers of this blue paint were added, and allowed to dry.
I allowed the two layers of new paint on the sky to dry, but decided I liked the cracking effect throughout the painting. The sky has fewer cracks than it did previously.
I allowed the two layers of new paint on the sky to dry, but decided I liked the cracking effect throughout the painting. The sky has fewer cracks than it did previously.

 

2 Replies to “Painting Over The Cracked Sky On The Palm Tree And Mountains Painting”

  1. I actually like paintings that have a little texture to them, as this one does with the different layers of paint. I think the cracks and the repairs give character to the painting.

    Do you use varnish to seal a painting after it is finished? I do that, and I use acrylic paint, just like you. My paint is often laid on quite thick in some places, but so far nothing has cracked. I have paintings in my possession that are from as early as twenty years ago or more.

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