Pointillism Acrylic Paintings

Here are some Pointillism Acrylic Paintings I created between 2018 and 2022. The theme in these paintings is light and colour. These paintings show my eye for colour and light in how I composed and laid out these paintings.

Turkey at Bird Feeder, Acrylic Painting 20″ x 16,” 2022. Acrylic on Canvas.

This was the most challenging Acrylic Painting I ever attempted, and I am very satisfied overall with how it turned out. The main challenge in creating this painting was capturing the details and textures of the bird. Although landscape scenes are often chosen in pointillism for their simplicity and variation in light.

Creatures like birds and animals have to be painted with a much greater level of detail. Although the patterns in a bird’s feathers are precise and ordered they need a splash of spontaneity so that it adds interest, when adding texture to feathers it is extremely easy to overwork these details

This painting was done from a photo of a Turkey visiting our bird feeder in 2020. Although the head and bird feeder are relatively centre in this painting, they are not dead centre and it is three-quarters of the way to the top of the painting. I also added a lot of primary colours to the light-neutral background in this painting. Some unique pigments I used in this painting include Pyrrole Orange and Cerulean Blue real pigment.

Saint Lawrence Dusk Pointillism Painting 18″ 24″ 2017. Acrylic on Canvas.

This is another pointillism painting that I am very satisfied with, This painting is very lively and impressionistic. This painting really reminds me of the work of the French Impressionists. The tree leads your eyes across the painting and along the river to the little bush on the right-hand side.

This was done from a photo of a really interesting time of day. The sun was setting and there were interesting colours in the sky. Since it was evening, the light was flat and there were no harsh shadows. This painting was done from a photo from one of my vacations. This painting sold in 2020

Trillium Pointillism, Acrylic Painting 16″ x 12,” 2019. Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is another pointillism painting I created in 2019. I was very satisfied with how the light shone through this one. The light shines on the petals of the Trillium and it is very well composed. The leaf at the far left of the canvas leads the eye toward the white Trillium. There are a few other flowers painted in this scene and the trunks of a few small trees but since this is less important to the scene, it is done with less detail.

Although there are a lot of darks in this painting and very harsh shadows, I added a lot of variation of tone and texture with browns, blues and ruddy reds showing through. Sap Green was a unique colour which I used in this painting. This green creates rich green undertones and it is almost black in its purest form. This painting sold in 2019

Sumac Pointillism, Acrylic Painting 16″ x 12,” 2020. Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is a painting that I created in 2020 of some Sumac Trees growing near the Saint Lawrence River. The challenge in this painting was creating the rich red hues and the gradients of muted greens in the background.

Although a lot of the trees are turning bright red at this point, there is still a lot of green around, the green is less vivid than it used to be, but soon it will turn bright colours like the sumacs. There is a path curving into the painting which leads your eye past the brightly coloured sumac tree, and out to the right of the painting. This painting is created to a very high degree, and the lighter areas like the path and sky, have a lot of variations in brightness, and hints of colour.

Tulips Pointillism Painting 20″ x 16″ 2017. Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is a pointillism I created of Tulips. It is a bright day in May and the sun is bringing out the vivid colours in these flowers. There are many hues of Oranges, Reds, Yellows and Greens in this painting.

This painting is painted a bit more loosely than some of my acrylic pointillism paintings and the looseness adds to the blending in the eyes. This painting has a great sense of depth with the Tulips and the front of the painting being massive and then as you go back they recede very rapidly in their scale.

I used a lot of cerulean blue (hues) undertones and lemon yellow in this painting, and there are many variations between the warm and cold greens.

Blue Waters of April Pointillism 20″ x 16″ 2016 Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is a pointillism painting I created of a bright Blue Skied day in mid-April. This was one of the first pointillism paintings that I created on a stretched canvas. The thing about the painting that gives it strength is the shadows cast from the trees on the left-hand side, and how they stretch out across the canvas.

This painting won an honourable mention at the Focus Art Juried Show in Cornwall, Ontario in the Fall of 2016.

Although I am satisfied with how this turned out, looking back, I can see that this painting is undeveloped and could have been done to show more detail, as I did with my Saint Lawrence Dusk Pointillism Painting or Trillium Pointillism Painting.

Tulips Pointillism Painting 20″ x 16″ 2017. Acrylic on Canvas.

This painting won an honourable mention at the Focus Art Juried Show in Cornwall, Ontario in the Fall of 2016.

Although I am satisfied with how this turned out, looking back, I can see that this painting is undeveloped and could have been done to show more detail, as I did with my Saint Lawrence Dusk Pointillism Painting or Trillium Pointillism Painting.

Tulips Pointillism Painting 20″ x 16″ 2017. Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is a pointillism I created of Tulips. It is a bright day in May and the sun is bringing out the vivid colours in these flowers. There are many hues of Oranges, Reds, Yellows and Greens in this painting.

This painting is painted a bit more loosely than some of my acrylic pointillism paintings and the looseness adds to the blending in the eyes. This painting has a great sense of depth with the Tulips and the front of the painting being massive and then as you go back they recede very rapidly in their scale.

I used a lot of cerulean blue (hues) undertones and lemon yellow in this painting, and there are many variations between the warm and cold greens.

Ault Beach Pointillism Painting 20″ x 16″ 2020. Acrylic on Canvas.

Here is a painting I created of a Fall Beach Scene in Eastern Ontario. Although this is not one of my strongest pointillism paintings, I really like the colour combinations in this piece. The beach wraps around the bay and there are a bunch of bright red bushes near the shore.

There are many mute greens, and I got to use my Green Gold pigment in this painting which mixes very well with neutrals and browns. The water is bright blue in this painting since it is reflecting the sky. There are also a lot of light yellows showing up in the sky.

Although I was really keen on using this scene for one of my pointillism paintings, I think I should have chosen something with more of a clear focal point. I did however substitute the focal point in this painting with the bright red bushes across the bay.

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