Collectif Creativity: 10Apr2022

by Susan Irving

Here are a few things I have been working on lately.  They all started off as acrylic pours. 

The first one, was a pour covering the entire canvas that I was not happy with. So I painted over the sky and parts of the land with ultramarine blue, applied thinly so as to be a bit transparent, then added some small points of light for stars and a few white-ish lines to suggest waves at the bottom of the painting. 

4 Elements, 12 x 14″ framed,

 The second painting was an intentional pour.  I had an idea that I wanted to pour only the bottom part of the canvas to look like mountains.  I then painted in the sky and the moon. Some of it is shiny gold tones, which do not show well in the photo. 

Harvest Moon,  8 x 10″

 The third was a very busy pour.  I originally glazed it with Liquitex gloss medium so it was a bit shiny.  After looking at it hanging on the wall for a few weeks, I decided it needed messing with.  So I painted in tree trunks but did not cover them with medium, so the paint is flat, not shiny, but the shiny background shows through. Then I painted a couple of leaves over that layer, using shiny paint with thick raised edges on the leaves only.  It does not show well in a photo, but the overall effect is an almost 3 Dimensional  illusion of depth.

Lost in the Woods, 20 x 16″

I will probably experiment more with this method in the future.

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  1. It’s an interesting way to work with acrylic pours. Two style of painting in one. Thanks for sharing Susan. They are all beautiful!


  2. Those are amazing artworks!…each one evolved to the next…the last one is especially beautiful…These must definitely be seen in an exhibit!Sent from Samsung tablet


  3. I like how you incorporate the pours into different pieces. I especially like Lost in the Woods and loved it when I saw it at your exhibit at the library.


  4. Susan:

    Very nice. I like the abstractness of the images. Maybe semi-abstract? You might get a better impression of depth on image #3 if you had strong side light.



    • Possibly, Milo, I have trouble with taking he photos alone with my little Kodak camera and unfortunately I do not seem to do well with the lighting stuff.


  5. Susan, you have taken pours and made them into something extraordinary. I can’t wait to see them in our shows!!!


  6. Susan these paintings take pour painting to a wonderful new level! The colours and compositions are beautifully managed and I can’t wait to learn from you!!


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