A pour through the top of a fruit shoot cup, and a few of my latest paintings

Out to breakfast with some friends recently I noticed that toddler Livvy had a fruit shoot drink and…it had an interesting top, so I took it when she finished. Its got little holes in for those of you who don’t have toddler relatives or friends with kids….
I wonder how many of us look at everyday items and rubbish with a view as to how we can use them for art! My shed is full of potentially useful items AKA known to non artists as junk.
I thought I’d pour through the top and see what happened. I made colours runnier than usual as the holes are tiny, and poured colours separately. I tried to rest the top on the canvas on a piece of sponge, as i wanted it a little above canvas, but that didn’t work so I just held it in place.
I like the effect but next time will try thicker paints, and maybe keep the shape a little better. I’m pleased with the painting though, its on a 6x6in canvas. I added black to corners rather than tilt to cover and lose shape. I might try that with bigger ones when i do a dirty pour – I always lose any cells when i tilt to cover corners…another new thing for me to play with! I’ve so many ideas I just don’t have the time or the money – especially the money 😉 to try them all. I have an ongoing list of ideas and it seems as i cross one off I add two more. I could never get bored with this way of painting.
I’ve also been playing with other ideas, and pouring on wood cut outs to try to imitate ceramics.

the dry image, varnish will being back the brightness
a swipe with black
a ring style pour then lines created with stick. then some glass shreds added over the black, just cos I like it! I think there’s a bit of silver glitter over it too.
a ring pour that was meh….so i added more lines when dry and some sparkles…still not really sure about it TBH. I’m going to resin it to seal in the sparkles but I might add some dark brown first
wet painted woodcuts, I’ve added some sparkels and some shredded glass on dinosaur and fishes. I’ve also added a little detail now they’re dry like lines on fins and some dark on tail of fox and some face details
Don’t think I’ve shown this one before, sorry of I have. It was a so-so purple pour so I painted black round some circles, added details and glitter.

 

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a 30 x 30 inch canvas, largest pour yet

 

This is my largest painting so far at 30 x 30 inches. I made sure the wooden bits for tightening canvas were secure but paint still slide over to the middle 😦  Next time I’ll use stiff card underneath to support, and maybe less paint.
I love doing big works but aside from expensive to do by way of canvas and paint/medium needed costing ££’s, its also space consuming. They take longer to dry and use up so much space that I can’t do more painting for several days until they’re dry enough to move out of the way to finish curing.

I picked colours at random, mixed as usual and layered into jug, then poured a la ring pour style. There was so much paint and the canvas was so heavy though that I tilted too much, trying to balance on one corner, and I lost my rings. Next time I’ll use less paint – sod’s law i usually have reverse issue – and get some help to tilt slowly.
It was fun though, I learned a lot from it. This has had one coat minwax varnish and is hanging in my bedroom. I’m not totally happy with it though, so may add something by way of brush painting a feature on it. I’m just not sure what yet. sometimes after living with a work for a while inspiration suddenly strikes, but for this one I’m still waiting!
I’ve given a couple of close ups showing some details below, the gold looks far better in reality than on pc screen. Its always difficult to show metallic paint onscreen I find.

a few more paintings, some work, some don’t!

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately, some successes, some scrape offs…well, TBH lots of those. that happens though when trying new stuff, and I’m someone who always likes to try the “what if I” route. I should have photo’s more of the non successes but usually i’m so annoyed I forget 😉
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing last few weeks.

This is an old one that’s a bit dull so I painted some bubbles on it.

 

 

playing with golds and glitter

Same colours as previous ones but must have used more white.
This was one that got swiped as it wasn’t going well, then dipped in run off and swiped again. I tried to make it more floral and it wasn’t ok as it was but its still one to put down to experience!
trying for a sliced rock effect ( too early in morning, proper name eludes me) Its had about four attempts now, and is as good its its going to get. Its got bit of crystals and slivers of glass added, plus mica paints and glitter. I should have made it more offside, perhaps a partial circle and the boat not so central. Still, its all learning what not to do next time. Its a 16×20 inch one.
this and the next were string pours, first attempt. I added the stamens while wet, should have waited til dry. these will be repoured but I learned again from them. Did one at the wekend with granddaughter Alesha and her’s was much better. After experimenting we found that embroidery thread worked better that the string and twines I’d been using.

had a nice sparkly green metallic on the black but was so dark. I like the fish but the weeds and flowers made it a fail. I like to play with ones i’m not happy with, sometimes it works and others it doesn’t!
the next four were all same colours, sadly this 20×20 in had too much white and when i’d gessoed over a previous work i’d left lines. I’ve put plaster over it now to create a texture base for a repour.
wasn’t happy so I pulled a hair pick comb through then tilted.
pulled the comb through just part of this and left the top which I liked as it was.
didn’t touch this one, came out just as i hoped, (rare that!) but shame its only 8 x 8 inches. why does that never happen on big canvasses???
This started as a ring pour, went pear shaped….as mine usually do but had some great sparks of colour which i pulled into stars. Sort of 😉
Alesha’s string pull wet.
when dry the pink has gone really dull, i’ve added a bit more over it but maybe as a transparent colour we needed to add some white to get it to show on the black. didn’t think at the time.
Alesha’s other painting, gold glitter on this one mixed with meduim to make a paint and some pink/blue glitter sprinkled on after. She did a dirty flip cup pour but we didn’t have enough paint and tilting lost the cells. she’s happy though and thats what counts.
another ring pour, the brown and blue gave me green which i didn’t expect…the blue is a very transparent greeny blue with white added, and i love the colour. Also used dark brown, a kind or sienna colour, some gold glitter mixed with medium and white.

This uses same colours as previous but looked sort of boring, then i swiped, swiped again, got a green mess, tried flipping over with a palette knife and made it worse. I let it cover canvas, mixed up more blue and white layers in a cup, added silicon plus sprayed over canvas with aerosol silicon and poured over. Torched and tilted and I like it now.

My string pull, I had a bit too much paint. I’d done a dirty pour but it looked bland so i tried string pulls over. So much paint though that the white wouldn’t flow over as i wanted. Tinkered with blue edges and – well, one to put down to experience. I learned string pulls work best with flexible string or thread and not too much paint on canvas!

These two both got scrapped for repour. first one was just a bit meh, dull, no real focus and the second- well, I love the pink and yellow where it touches the purple but the centre annoyed me. I tried pouring over the centre but it wasn’t a success.

Update on what I’ve been painting.

Not been writing much here recently. the house is finally sold, well in principle, and I’ve found a bungalow to buy so packing and culling of junk has been going on. good news is I put a few horse oddments on eBay and made £91 and spent £95 😉 on some new golden fluid acrylics. I love those, the colours are so intense and though they are tiny bottles you need very little. I haven’t had many in the past, but golden sent me some samples last year and I’d forgotten how vibrant they are.

So, updates…as its too cold in studio I’ve been mostly working on ones I wasn’t happy with, adding something to create a new painting, rather than just re-pouring. Its been great fun.
This one I tried to turn into a beach scene, but it cracked, too much paint i think…

This pour reminded me of rain. It started as a dirty pour, which got swiped, colour added etc and reswiped until i was -kind of – happy. Its got to have a bird now though looking in the window according to the grandkids, so that’s today’s project.

this one looked a bit lacking on its own so it became a peacock – I didn’t intend him to be quite so in-your-face, but subtle isn’t a strong point when I’m painting.

I forgot a “before ” image for this, it was a colourful swipe that made me think of gardens. Again there’s metallic paints and micas, as with the peacock. I want to resin this one, and maybe the peacock one too.

This one got turned sideways and some trees poured, with bits pulled out for branches. I have done a little more definition of the branches since, and a few high and low lights.

 

A boring one which had lots of white bubble effect parts became the kingfisher diving.
Don’t know what to do with these two yet, the first may develop into a couple of blowsy flowers…

And finally after loads of failed flip cup dirty pours I didn’t “flip” this one but layered in the same way and tipped it quickly, pulling back and got Some Decent Cells. though I lost a few on tipping, but I’m still happy with result!

 

 

some resin finish, some liquitex varnish finish, reworking a fail and a long drip pour.

Last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked some painting in, between house views and tidying for views. most of the stuff I brought in from shed/studio as its too cold to paint there has been hidden away in a big cupboard. I keep sneaking bits out to quick paint though…yesterday I had a finishing day on some that were now ready and cured. I did resin on three, I’m improving, one came out perfectly but other two will need second coat because of holes. I washed all three thoroughly first with fairy, the one that’s perfect had no silicone, but the others only had a little, and the northern lights inspired one has a coat of polycrylic varnish over which i thought would have stopped any holes…Ah well, a second coat tomorrow maybe. I do love resin finish and even though these aren’t perfect I keep sneaking back for a second look. I taped the edges and base with masking tape before pouring resin, then pulled it off about four hours later in case it stuck on and i couldn’t remove it 😉 and the edges were the best I’ve done so far so will do that again. The other four had Liquitex varnish, I do like the rich shine that gives but its prob spirit based as it smells strongly and the brush is a b!tch to clean after….
The three resin pics, first one is perfect but the other two….

see the holes? I wonder if maybe i didn’t have enough resin on, if more would have worked? Or if its just a silicon residue?

Worked more on the owl too, he * might * be finished…who knows?

 

I’ve some I want to add more too once dry, this one started as flowers, was a fail so got swiped. The added more black and white and swiped again, a few times in fact til I got this. Its going to be some kind of rain scene, maybe trees or rocks.

this one was not quite right in centre, and I came back about an hour of so after pouring and it annoyed me so I swiped down centre with a spatula. as it had begun to dry it didn’t go how i wanted but did look like a waterfall. well waterfall- ish 😉 So when it was dry i poured either side to create rocks, added a little pure colour on edges, and did some swiping to create flat areas. I’m a bit stuck now so I need to keep looking and have a think. I don’t really want to add in green for grass, maybe just some silhouette grasses and a coupe of branches? Dunno yet…

I’m stuck on this, it looks a bit like a big wave but I really don’t know what to do with it now…It’ll come.

long drip pour, i made a hole on pot then hung it over canvas and let it drip, did a little tilting to manipulate paint to where i wanted it but not much.

This is just 3x3inches. I was trying to create a geode effect. I like it, but seem to be in a minority!

 

 

 

 

 

These have the liquitex varnish, shines more than my usual polycrylic gloss but the smell…as i was using resin I decided I’d do all the pongy stuff at once.

 

see how shiny it is. though not sure I like this pic, i was playing with colour and lines and might have overdone it!

No heat and no silicon either this time…

still on the no heat trials I decided I’d do one with no silicon too.
I did a swipe and usually I get better cells than this, I don’t know if its because there’s no silicon or that maybe my paints were a bit too thin. I don’t think it was the paint, usually if its too thin I get a lot of runoff and I didn’t with this. I have had good results before without silicon but then i used torch, so I think its just the combo of both on this occasion. I could probably do the same again and get totally different end result – that’s the beauty of fluid art for me, so difficult to predict.
One thing I notice from the final dry painting is that the metallic red has taken over and i can see other colours, lines and shapes below it but they just can’t seem to break through it, next time I’ll either leave it out of use just a small amount.
I’m not really happy with the painting as it is but I think it’ll make a nice background for a silhouette of something, bare trees maybe?

updates on some “wet” paintings and the memo boards, and a couple of new works

Its been so cold my paintings are taking forever to dry. This one was done on Nov 15th, and is still tacky in the centre. Its not that big, 16 x 20 ins on deep edge canvas. I had the idea of Northern Lights, but result is a bit “in your face” with colour, not the subtle effect I was thinking. Less colour next time 😉
The art challenge using black and three blues has had first coat varnish
this one I love but really needs to be in good light to catch the glitter or it looks like just dark green/blue and black, it has lots of glitter and metallic paint

a couple that are finally dry and first coat varnish

Braved the cold yesterday to do a quick pour or three….a few memo boards for xmas pressies, and I wanted to play with some new pigments powders I bought, kind of colour shift where colour changes according to light hitting it – the colour shift paints are costly so I bought some pigment for car paints and mixed with my paint medium (floetrol and bindex) . I’m tempted to buy more and paint my wheelchair instead of the boring black it is, or the red of the scooter – though there’s not much left to paint on that after i keep pulling bits off that get broken when i – cough – hit the gates or fence….
I’m hoping this one dries like this, poured over the end of a coke bottle and minimal tilting. If i did it again I’d just fill in corners with colour and leave un-tilted. I pulled some parts with a skewer up and down to make shapes. I just used up colours from my memo boards I’d been making.

The memo boards, I’ve taped off top, then with give 2 coats blackboard paint when dry, and seal tops with decoart triple thick.

Norwich city colours…hmnn…wonder who’ll be getting that one 😉

Didn’t like this one, was a bit too “busy”  so I added some mountains, birds, a castle and a dragon….but will most likely tinker some more – i never know when to stop. Its 20 x 20 ins.

I keep tinkering with the bubbles, another painting I wasn’t happy with so played around. It might have worked better if I did this on one I liked as TBH all I can see is the background I wasn’t happy with. Maybe I’ll cover it in bubbles…..

I finished the first memo boards with decoart triple thick over the painted part, looks a bit like resin, not as nice but easier to do 🙂 you can see where the paint bled under the tape – I’ve gone over that now with blackboard paint.
the top one now sits in my kitchen, with some chalk pens, replacing my scraps of paper taped to fridge!