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Acrylic abstraction

I was pretty happy with my first attempts at acrylic pouring on canvas. Well- if we don’t count last nights fiasco – which I ended up scraping off the canvas into the rubbish bin. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely not counting it.Tidal flats

It’s a very simple but unpredictable artform which I’ve been meaning to have a go at for some time. In fact ever since I bought a bottle of the pouring medium at my local art store about 6 months ago. It’s been sitting on the shelf in my little studio tempting me and I finally succumbed at 10 o’clock last night. Probably would have been better to wait till this morning but there you go- when the muse strikes she’s very insistent!

The edge

Basically you fill a few plastic cups with different coloured paint and then thin it down with some pouring medium and water to a thin pancake batter consistency. Add a squirt of silicone, stir and ten layer the colours in another plastic cup starting with white and randomly dropping in the other colours. Then sit a canvas on top of the cup, with said cup centered on the canvas and turn the whole thing upside down. Now just slowly and cleanly lift the cup away from the canvas but NOT straight upwards – off to the side a little.

Pools
Waterways

The whole lot glugs out creating beautiful and random colours and patterns. Tilting the canvas moves the paint around to exaggerate sections of pattern and cover the canvas. At this stage the paint starts dripping down the edges and the mess gets messier. It’s not called a dirty pour without reason! Using a blow torch to run over the surface helps to pop any little air bubbles and create small “cells” where the denser colour (white is densest) drops to the bottom and the lighter colours rise to the surface.

I love the chaos and random beauty of these- not sure if I’ll keep doing it but really enjoyed the process. Let’s see if they dry OK before I make up my mind.

Reflections in a green pool
Reflections in a green pool
Meeting place
Edges
Purple nebula
Purple nebula

 

 

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Water, water everywhere…

I love water and my last fèw clients have obliged by giving me a set of diverse water subjects to explore. Each one had their own challenge and I enjoyed them all!

I loved the beautiful autumn trees and it was a challenge to capture their reflections and still keep the emerald green of this lake.

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Autumn reflections. Açrylic painting.

 

This one was all about that sunset and not making the reflected colours too garish.

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Sunset reflections. Acrylic painting.

 

Another lake with more subtle sky reflections. I needed to create that quiet moment when dusk settles over the landscape.

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Evening sky. Acrylic painting.

 

And lastly, a beach scene with some lovely reflections of two friends  in the wet  sand.

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The beach walk. Acrylic painting.

 

It’s  been a busy month but  very rewarding as I help to realise my clients vision for a special Christmas gift. Now I better start  on my own gift giving list!

Moving on

My last post wasn’t very positive –  it was positively negative. I’ve lost a lot of reference photos but I’ve decided I just need to get over it and get painting. So here’s my latest.

 

I enjoyed painting a flower portrait for a change. There’s so much complexity and symmetry in floral subjects so they lend themselves to detailed paintings which can be very therapeutic – here I am in charge of my subject, studying detail and recording what I see. I can also be a bit looser in the background – mixing colours on the canvas, suggesting with a hint of pink and green that there are other proteas in the garden. I can take control , no passing clouds to change the landscape form, no scrambling to finish before the light changes.

Today that’s what I needed – a sense of order restored!