Painting, painting, painting!

Painting, painting, painting...

I've been doing a lot of it recently. Doing it and thinking about it - I'm constantly in the land of paint and mediums in my head at them moment, I feel driven to do this right now!

I've always been attracted to painting, but have lacked the confidence to tackle it. On the rare occasion I attempted to pick up a paintbrush in the past, I inevitably was left feeling embarrassed by my feeble results. I just don't have a lot of hand-eye co-ordination. I'm very much the same with drawing.

I'm very attracted to colour and light, though. My mum calls me a colourist, though possibly that is too grand a term for my interest.

So, recently I came across some videos on You Tube about fluid acrylic pouring, and they appealed to me a lot. Here is an example.


This kind of art really speaks to me - I love to study busy paintings, I love to see colour blend and seemingly move on a canvas...

So, I've given it a go with mixed success...

I already had some paints and canvases, so first I tried using some Liquitex Pouring Medium mixed with the acrylic in shot glasses...

This ended up being far too busy for my liking. Too many colours! Also, it wasn't fluid enough, so I ended up with that grid effect from tilting the canvas in various directions - not the effect I was aiming for.

I quite liked this one.

Love the colours here, but again, too busy, too bitsy.

Better flow here, but too muted.
Then I thought squeezy bottles might be less messy, and I also gave Liquitex Gloss and Varnish medium a go. The set up looks nice, doesn't it...


I quite likes the results... Though a lot of paint ended up on the table and I need to think about ways to catch it because newspaper just disintegrates and makes an unholy mess everywhere.

Nice flow, good colour combination. It dried rather flat, but once I gave it a couple of coats of varnish these paintings came up lovely.

I liked the marbling effect here.

This one ended up being an accidental landscape - wholly the doing of the paint itself.
Then I learned about black gesso, and how it doesn't blend with other colours - particularly yellow - the way black paint often does (creating a horrid green effect). Also, being a fan of texture, I thought perhaps the gesso might add another facet to the painting, creating crevices for the paint to pool and blend in...
This stuff can take a while to dry, so the hairdryer comes in handy for impatient people like myself...


I played with a range of textures...


Unfortunately, I had been watching videos where people were extending their fluid acrylics with water as well as medium (medium is pretty expensive, in relative terms), so I tried doing the same thing. What I didn't realise was that not only did I need a 1:1 ratio of medium and water, but a 1:1 ratio of paint and medium. I didn't have enough paint in the mix. Also, I blended too many colours and that always results in a kind of muddy, khaki effect, which is fine if that is what you are looking for, but it doesn't appeal to me.When the paint dries, it puckered up something terrible, and cracked badly on one canvas in particular - way too much water evaporation!

This is all fail, and I have two more like this - all destined to be painted over one of these days...
It is worth mentioning here that another thing I have learned is that you need to stop blending colours before you get to the point you're happy with because the colours will continue to blend and mix while they dry, and this is how they become muddy. Blending fluid acrylics is a bit like cooking fish - it'll continue to cook after you take it off the heat, so don't overdo it!

Feeling a bit disheartened, I thought I'd try something completely different. So, I gave painting clouds a go. I'm slightly obsessed with cloud formations at the moment, so expect to see more of these... Hopefully, my technique will improve somewhat a lot with practice...

Are they colours or some sort of alien flora?

Still, I couldn't resist a bit of pouring... This time I used Atelier Liquefying Medium. I suspect the fact this stuff dries translucents might irritate me in the end because I use a fair bit of metalic paint, which is suspended in a clear medium, so it'll all end up looking a bit sweaty. We'll see. So far, I think I may be happiest with the Liquitex Pouring medium.

This is not a great photo, and the paint is still wet, so it'll dry flatter than this, but I love these colours!

 There you go! This is helping me get over myself and giving painting a go even though I have no artistic talent for painting to speak of! I'll probably spam you with more paintings in time - you have been warned!

 

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