Works of art have been created with multiple mediums throughout the centuries. Oils and watercolor paints are two popular painting mediums that is widely used by countless artists. These two paint types, both illustrate ideas, but through differing effects of whichever paint option. No matter how many layers of color is added the paint remains translucent. Watercolor paints were made during the 18th century.
In the Leiden period, Rembrandt also responded strongly to earlier Netherlandish artists such as Lucas van Leyden ca. It was also this program, in good part, that made Rembrandt a great teacher. In Amsterdam, Rembrandt became a prominent portraitist, attracting attention with dramatic compositions like The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp ; Mauritshuis, The Hague.
Acrylics do have an advantage over watercolors. You can lay out a number of thin washes over one another without fear of disturbing the colors underneath. You must wait for one layer to dry completely before applying another of course. Once each layer dries it becomes insoluble in water.
Originally little more than a foot square, it is now mounted as a handscroll that is twenty feet long as a result of the myriad inscriptions and seals marks of ownership that have been added over the centuries, some directly on the painted surface, so that the horse is all but overwhelmed by this enthusiastic display of appreciation. This is the aim of the traditional Chinese painter: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but its inner essence as well—its energy, life force, spirit. To accomplish his goal, the Chinese painter more often than not rejected the use of color. Like the photographer who prefers to work in black and white, the Chinese artist regarded color as distraction.