Assorted acrylics at Artroomers

THE latest exhibition at Artroomers Artspace showcases the different techniques used to paint with acrylic.

The work spans 20 years of different styles and techniques.

Mittagong artist Robyn Kinsela paints with all sorts of tools, ranging from a brush, rags and sponges to sticks and knives.

While portraits are something Robyn enjoys doing, it’s the abstract pieces she’s drawn to.

She paints the intangible, the essence of a subject rather than copying what she sees in front of her.

“Quite often I’ll do a realistic drawing first and then I’ll paint the essence of the subject,” Robyn said.

Some of her work takes half an hour while other pieces she will work on for years on and off until she’s satisfied with it.

Robyn said the key to a good painting was to ensure that even if it was difficult, it shouldn’t look like it was.

One of those pieces that took years to complete extends across an entire room at Artroomers, called 10pm.

“Walking after dark in bushy suburban areas, such as Mittagong where I live, I hear muffled voices and music, small nocturnal creatures and the sounds of the breeze,” Robyn said.

“I see lights on in living rooms and moonlight through the trees. I hear my own footsteps.”

She said the artwork captures a sense of physical, manmade spaces or places nestled within rugged overgrown bushland.

“Silence is also one of those sounds.”

Accompanying each of the paintings is a brief outline of the specific materials and techniques used, including an explanation of the painting’s history and source of inspiration.

Robyn will be at Artroomers every Tuesday until the end of the month from 10am to 11.30am to give advice, feedback and information on acrylic painting.

“Acrylic has great advantages but not many people use them successfully, they use them as if they are painting with oils,” Robyn said.

Acrylic paintings by Robyn Kinsela is on display at Artroomers, Unit 6 / 227 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong until May 31.

Robyn Kinsela

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