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