Watercolor vs. Acrylic


Most artists gravitate towards one medium, but I enjoy working with both watercolor and acrylic paint. They are polar opposites in terms of technique - watercolor must be built up from light to dark in several layers, while acrylic works down from dark to light. Watercolor is said to be the hardest medium to work with and I cannot disagree with that statement, but the end result is a beautifully blended, whimsical portrait with pops of bright color on a textured surface. Acrylic, on the other hand, allows for a dreamy mix of color and texture resulting in a contemporary style with lively tones and playful elements. My style is a fresh take on traditional pet portraits with a loose flow of brush strokes and unexpected pops of color.

I love the result of both mediums so my advice would be to choose whichever speaks to you. For more examples of my work, visit my Gallery here. Please note that my only framed portrait option is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. I have discontinued the large, framed clay board panel option for watercolor due to the difficulty of the surface. Mini watercolor paintings on clay board panels are still available.

**Note that the better resolution and detail in your reference photo, the better the portrait will be. I want you to love your forever painting, so let's make sure we use the right image. If you're unsure of what photo would work best or if you have any questions about the process, please contact me prior to ordering.

Current estimated wait time for Pet Portraits is 4-6 weeks.

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Lindsay Kivi is an Animal Artist who's signature style captures the colorful beauty of an animal's spirit, specializing in pet portraits.

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