Acrylic Painting is in Washes
It's easy to paint when using light washes of acrylic layers. Think of your painting as a burger and all the layers in between your burger is what makes your painting nice and meaty. All you vegetarians out there can substitute the meat with your choice of belly filling burger-likeness. To begin our painting let's imagine The Burger Bun: as the canvas.
The Lettuce: After penciling in a light sketch of the main idea I use a light mix of acrylic and water to "map" out where my colors go. This stage is important because it gives an idea of where the painting is headed and still allows time to change color and contour (the outline of an object like the building or sidewalk)
The Meat: When you're happy with the color choice and contour lines begin blocking in the color with heavier layers of paint. While painting I channel several different artists that swim in my mind including John Marin, considered to be the father of Abstract Expressionism, who said, "Let the Paint be Paint!" (it's also the film title based on his life, directed by Michael Maglaras).
The Cheese: Now add the light and shadow and any fine detail that make you "own" your painting. I like to add an element of imaginative detail that separates my painting from reality.
The Ketchup: Stand back with squinty eyes deciding on final touches and remember, let the paint be paint!