This where each of the
paint colors needed for the paintings are mixed with various amounts of acrylic
pouring medium such as Floetrol, Liquitex or even Elmer’s clear glue (usually a
combination of a couple of these) until I get the color and density I
need. Individual paint brands and
differently pigmented paints require varying amounts of pouring medium to
achieve the correct pouring consistency for a specific pour. The paint mixture needed for a single canvas
is measured and combined into one or more pouring containers, depending on the
type of pour to be completed. Due to the
viscosity of the mixed mediums, paint layers in the container do not mix at
this stage. The trick here is to envision a desired result on the canvas but,
in reality, a pourer has limited control over the final outcome! Paint mixing takes quite a bit of time, so I
usually mix paint for 4-5 paintings at one sitting.
Where the painting comes to life! There are myriad pouring techniques and I love
trying new methods. This is the point of
no return for the paint. Once the paint
hits the canvas there is very little the pourer can do to change the outcome.
There are many instances where the result is completely opposite to what the
artist had envisioned, and it is at this point that a canvas is often
scraped! On the other hand, the magic
that occurs when pouring the paint often results in something quite unexpected,
but lovely!! Like many art projects,
this step is the shortest part of the process but has the biggest irreversible
impact on the final image. The photo
above shows a container pour; the paint is all layered in one container and
then poured onto the canvas in a back and forth motion. I also use pouring cups,
funnels, 3D printed sectioned pouring cans, and other container shapes to
achieve the various affects you see in my paintings.
My last chance to get it right! With the paint on the canvas there is a
working time of 20-40 minutes where the paint is still fluid enough to
manipulate. The canvas is tilted and
turned to get the entire canvas covered in a pleasing and very artistic design. Other techniques are used at this stage such
as blowing (with a hair dryer or straw), spinning, and swiping. There are
examples of many of these techniques in my galleries. The game is not over yet, the pouring medium
causes the various paints to react within the painting for another 2-3 hours
during which low density paint rises (often creating cells) and peripheral
mixing occurs. I am always excited to
see the result about 4 hours after the pour.
A painting will be dried within 48 hours but requires curing for a good
3-4 weeks due to the pouring medium, before transporting.
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