You’ve produced some nice mixtures of colours Andy. What I have found useful is to separate mark making from mixing different colours. By writing down which colours you have mixed is useful for future reference.
Also , I have found alkyd oils nice to work with. Drying time is a few days. They can be bought in The Range.
Great advice George.
Andy, the top two portraits really remind me of Picasso. The middle on especially.
The best way to explore a new medium is colour mixing and brush-marks or lollypop stick-marks! You've produced a great range of marks and some really strong colour combinations.
I love @soniatroy idea of using them for collage.
I like the two top right pictures - I see your progression from pencil to acrylic with bold colours. I think the bottom two pictures you should work over the top in white or other coloured Posca pen with a repeating design e.g a leaf etc. And build up a composition, or perhaps collage over areas and then work on over that too.
I was exploring brush strokes with acrylic in 3 of these plus the lower right was a first encounter with oils ( which was actually applied mostly with wooden improvised lollysticks as I was scared to expose most brushes to oils except at the end when I used an old one…but interesting to experience the slower drying of oils compared to the acrylics..indeed a day after the oils were still moist….)
all on mixed media paper from WH Smiths except the pencil sketch on a4 copy paper with pencil…
The lower left acrylics were just some mixing attempts plus a violet from an old set left to me…
upper left explored some imitation of sketch using brush strokes..
upper right just explored initial beginner brush strokes..and mixed colours which tended to a green when mixed together as a whole…
started to also enjoy the idea of abstract rhythms and relative relations of strokes…I could maybe start to enjoy the musicality and expressivity for or of abstract..
I also recalled a Picasso example I once saw from illustrated poem book and a fashion artist I studied before with simple bold curves in the figurative simple exploration.….
Also..I now wonder at possible use of small brushes to apply detailed marks..eg. If doing detail on lips or any other patterns…and also looked again in the art shop Squires seeing ranges of brushes including noticing some larger Bob Ross type examples…