Pour Painting Techniques
Using Art To Fall Asleep (?!)
Sometimes, when I have trouble falling asleep, I use a trick for relaxing. Looking with my mind’s eye somewhere in my consciousness, I let colors and patterns play across, like a kaleidoscope.
The colors are usually brilliant yellows, golds, and reds, and the fluid patterns are breathtaking as they pass my “eye”. The patterns change and churn and I cannot recall the pattern once it passes. No pattern is ever duplicated, nor can I re-imagine them.
Before I know it, once the patterns are forming freely without interference from my conscious mind – Wahlah! I fall asleep.
The patterns formed from working with fluid acrylics and the techniques of “pour painting” remind me of this process. There’s a spontaneous and organic method to the painting. And no matter how planned the result or how closely a formula is followed, each painting is unique – never to be duplicated. The images created seem to be infinite in their possibilities. They are (almost!) always pleasing and draw you in with wonder.
Learning Fluid Art
Each of my fluid art creations (on tiles, earrings, canvases) are one-of-a-kind because they are made from these dream-state, never-to-be-repeated patterns. I also use them to form backgrounds for animals and other scenes of nature by embellishing a dried “pour”.
I make the realistically rendered portions of the painting subject part of or emerging from the organic under-painting. The result takes on an added quality that seems to touch people in a special way. In this blog, I’ll explain my technique of abstract realism using fluid “pour painting” and targeted realistic over-painting.
Please comment below: Are you interested in learning about this dynamic painting technique?