Mixed media painting 2

Hello everyone, here’s another mixed media painting using pouring medium:
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This painting is incorporates the idea of Japanese Kintsugi into it’s visual cues by way of gilded lines in the painting. I was considering the Zen, cycle of life and the beauty and acceptance of imperfection.

Zen as a Japanese phenomenon is further stressed with the imbedding of rice paper in the clouds here:
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And the use of black acrylic paint to mimic calligraphic sumi ink here:
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I’m happy with the way it turned out. Here are some more details:
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I am still exploring different possibilities with this medium and enjoying the discoveries quite a bit.

I hope you have been enjoying the summer. For me in the Pacific Northwest, hot dry summers are such a gift.

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Mixed media painting with pouring medium

Hello everyone, as you know I’ve been playing around with pouring medium. I recently made a piece that has inclusions of metallic embroidery thread below:
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I don’t know if it’s really noticeable at first glance. But as you know, one of the things I like most about working with pouring medium is the ease of incorporating layers. Layers make the piece more interesting and rich by revealing visual motifs piecemeal. The more you look, the more you find. I guess that’s true for most things but with pouring medium, it’s a three-dimensional effect through transparent and or translucent medium.

Below are more close-ups:
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Above you can see the embroidery thread embedded in the medium of the painting.

I’d like to mention that sometimes the pieces are hard to photograph because of the glare from the shiny surface. And that the pieces are usually better in real-life.

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Geode in wood

Hi everybody, remember the plum-tree way back in this post: craft fodder?
Well here is it as a geode via pouring medium:
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I told you it would come in handy some day. I really like the look of it in this application. Here’s another shot showing the bark of the plum-tree slice:
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I’m thinking of doing a few of these in a set to be displayed in a shadow box. I love that it mixes beauty in nature with beauty achieved though art.

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On a roll with pouring medium

Here’s another pouring medium piece done on cradled wood panel:
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This one is 6″x6″. This piece was a failure that turned into a success; by success I mean a piece that I am pleased with in the end. When I started out, I had a different outcome in mind and it wasn’t going in the direction that I wanted. So I changed directions; pouring medium is very forgiving in that, you can always start over on top of the last layer, leaving in only what you want to show through.

Below is a detail that I like very much of the silver paint fragmented by small crackles:
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Here are a few more details showing black paint and metallic highlights amongst the layers:
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Pouring Medium continued..

Here’s another 4″x4″ painting done with Liquitex pouring medium:
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I have to say I’m really enjoying working with this medium. The possibilities I’m sure are endless. The way the acrylic paints react whether it’s heavy body, fluid, high-flow or ink are interesting. Even different paint colours react slightly differently. There’s also a difference between paint being mixed in with the medium first then poured and the paints being dropped onto the canvas on top of the medium.

My favorite thing is to drop medium into already applied paints on the canvas that result in the “window” look; it creates a clear area in the coloured paint itself.

Below is a closer look of the same piece:
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Playing with pouring medium

Hi guys, I’m just remembering to post something about what I’ve been doing. Sometimes I’m making art but forget to post. Lately, I’ve been fooling around with pouring medium. Below is a finished painting:

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The medium I used was Liquitex pouring medium and a variety of acrylic fluid paints. It was done in several layers. In the above pic, it’s hard to see “the dots” are actually metallic copper, which is much nicer in real life. The qualities I like most about this medium is it’s conduciveness to working in layers, it’s tendency to make colours more brilliant, its transparency and its free-form nature. It promotes playing without a lot of pre-planning because the medium flows and sometimes the paints slide right off the canvas.

To illustrate how much things can change in working with this medium is a pic of how the piece first stated out:
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I used inexpensive 4″ x 4″ deep-edge canvases. It does get messy so a tray underneath is a must. Also, in order to control how the paint flows, a level is a good idea. You can shim the canvas or the tray to be level so your paint won’t go all over the place. You’ll get a better idea at the rate the paints will spread by experimenting. And with practice, a degree of control is possible.

So far, I’m really enjoying this medium and experimenting with different paints and additives.

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Weird doodles

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Sometimes I just make some weird doodles. I don’t know where they come from or why but they just emerge, it’s the same with some faces I draw. Sometimes I’m embarrassed at the silly things that come out but I decided to post this image anyway for the very reason that I didn’t want to. In fact, this blog is very hard for me because I’m a very private and introverted person. However, I am trying to step outside of my comfort zone in order to connect with others through my art.

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