My biggest issue with acrylics is not drying time - but that they dry darker. This is not an issue in most cases - I can cope. I have jars of premixed colours of known drying values ( painted on their lids) and as most of what I do in acrylics are land and sea scapes I can live with a degree of inaccuracy. But every once in a while I become really frustrated that the final product dries darker than I expected.
Winsor & Newton's new Artist's Acrylic paints boasts that they dry without value change. So I decided to give them a try. I purchased about 20 tubes of colours - a mix of lights (mostly opaques ) and darks ( mostly transparents) and put them to the test. I mixed a small pile of colour on a Stay Wet palette. I painted a round spot of colour on a gesso treated canvas board and dried it with a hair dryer. Took photo 1 below. Then painted one stoke of fresh wet paint from the piles onto and out from the round colour spot and immediately took photo 2. The wet and dry were of the exact same colour and value - I could not detect a difference live or in photo.
|Wet Paint stoke added to dry paint|
WYSIWYG What Ya See Is What Ya Get
I have used the product off and on since and am content in the belief that there is no value change. This has potential advantage for tight work - portraiture etc.
Anyone else found the same or different?