Oddly, I did this in acrylics and have learned a few cool things about them, they could be my new friends. On the up side they are smooth, almost sloppy and dry quickly, good for fast palette knife work. they are also less toxic which is good and apparently can build good texture when mixed with an impasto medium. When I got used to the feel I enjoyed the slippery texture combined with my palette knife. the downside follows mostly the sloppy texture. It turns out to be incredibly easy to slop absolutely everywhere including my floor, easel and myself. I thought I was mucky before! whew! It also turns out that acrylics are harder to get off the hardwood floor than oils. oy!
Anyway, I think the comparison and evolution between these two images is apt. they both use a rough look, similar pose and adventurous colors (at least for me). The drawing feels like a light celebration, frothy happiness. the shaping of the arms seems more open and fresh. The painting, on the other hand, feels more like acceptance against all odds, railing in the face of fire, facing up to anything and everything. At least that is how it feels to me – What do you think?