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Hi Josef,

I'm hoping you can help me.

I am looking to re-create the painting/artwork in the below link.

I got a black and white image printed on canvas, and then brushed a light layer of acrylic paint over it. It is not looking very good.

The color turned out splotchy and uneven in addition, it has a matte finish. Do you have any tips to help me achieve the right look?

Do I need to prime the canvas? Should I water the paint down? Is acrylic the wrong type of paint to use?

I would really appreciate any tips you can give me.



Hi Tara,

Thanks for your inquiry, first the whole image (Room and all) is probably created on a 3D program and is not real,  second the image I assume is the hand with purple background your trying to replicate.  If it was not created on Photoshop, which I think it was or a similar program you would need to paint in the purple and and not just put a wash over it, also depending on how the print was done photographic, or digital it may have a surface that water will not stick to well (Acrylic paint).

I would try to paint the purple in the background and hand then touch it up with B&W shades where needed. I would use oil paint, since the acrylic is not laying on the surface right.

I hope this helps you a somewhat.


Josef-Peter Roemer


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I cannot answer questions on the value of paintings, I can answer all technical questions, stretching canvas, materials, from painting portraits to figurative and Narrative paintings. All my answers will be based on how I paint, not how someone else would paint.


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Saechsicher Kuenstlerbund e.V. Germany Salmagundi Club NYC USA Artists professional League NYC, USA

Written Correspondence course two part Book for Roemer academy of Art.

BA in Painting and print making. Sculpting Apprenticeship with Artist Ludwig Seibert in Germany one year. MFA in painting.

Awards and Honors
Gold Medal/Best of Show - regional competition 2013 Bronz Medal Third Place national Competition. 2013 Gold Medal - First Place - Regional Competition 2012

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