I recently posted a YouTube video (link below) where I demonstrate how I created this underwater painting using Liquitex Pouring Medium, acrylics, a spoon and my (gloved) finger … ok, and a couple of tarps and stuff like that.
It was one of those magical afternoons when, after four days of painting mostly bottom layers, it all came together and just flowed. Sometimes, in the words of Audrey Flack (Art & Soul, a wonderful book), everything disappears in the room except the art and you … and then it’s just the art…
I happened to get lucky enough to get that on film!
Because of that, the Pour Painting Demo – Dreams of the Reef at Dawn makes it look pretty easy.
Once in awhile it’s just you and the art, and then…
ARTISTS: If you are an artist and want to try it, please spend some time exploring the medium on a smaller scale, first! It took me a couple of years of experimentation to get to a good understanding of how each different pigment is going to react to the medium. Some float, some like to sit on the surface, some like to be by themselves and some overpower everything around them.
Nowadays there are a lot of videos out there that demonstrate how to use the medium, and you can also use my earlier “DIY” blog to get a little grounding in the medium.
Then, be brave, get your gloves on and start pouring!