Last couple of days…

The whole pic, too similar colours IMO

The cold season has struck…but in between sneezes I’ve done a couple of pics. First one here I actually did last week, and as its dried its cracked. I don’t actually mind those, they add a bit extra, but I’m still unsure of whether I like the whole painting. Its a bit Too busy, I used lots of colours, and I think maybe something more pale in parts would give more definition. The colours are just too similar IMO. Its 20 x 20 inches, so for now its sitting in shed while i decide whether to keep or repour.
Close up of cracks.

I’ve been redecorating my dining room, very pale apricot/peachy shade, mid orange curtains, and the old red/orangey pamment tiles – its a house that’s nearly 250 years old and I love these. I thought I’d try a pour painting to go in there in browns, but the first one was a mess, again I used colours that were too similar. I’d done a dirty pour, then swiped (twice) and still didn’t like it, so I mixed some dark violet, poured down the middle and swiped. Its better but whether it will stay….who knows. I put some bits of paper and a canvas to catch the pour-off and got a second painting.

straight after pouring. I think I got the paint a little too thick too.
After adding purple down the centre
let the run off fall onto an old canvas, and swiped with purple
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#fail on Tuesdays painting, and trying two new surfaces for painting

I love painting on board but its heavy, but i found these thin mdf sheets and also some resin coated/impregnated card ( not sure which)Β this is on the board, dimethicon in colours, just 1 drop in each
this one is on the resin card, dimethicon as before plus spray of silicon in cupThe first one had a little dimethicone, second had that plus good squirt of silicon in between layers. I was using mostly fluid paints, 1:1 with floetrol, dash alcohol and then water. the white was heavy body acrylic, but same as above mix. the paint flowed well over surface, I didn’t gesso first, didn’t know if i need to. Will see I guess on drying if paint has been absorbed and if i need to gesso next time πŸ˜‰ I used more paint on second, less tipping. I’m never great at getting right amounts and had some fab cells in first but as usual lost them on tipping top reach edges. Second i used more paint, then collected run off and poured over a small canvasses, in a swirl. and sprinkled some glitter…..


what was left was a bit pallid so added quick squirt blue and purple fluid acrylics straight out bottle to remaining paint on the silicon paper and dipped two more small canvasses. 3×3 inch i think…


Still a bit pale but maybe I’ll do something else with them. I just hate wasting paint but decided that as i’m losing cells, then adding paint and swiping and then still hating the result and scraping it that’s a waste too so I may as well use more paint anyway and tip less. Breaks my heart seeing paint run off though, especially when that looks better than whats on the canvas!!

The card is quite flimsy so I supported it on a board for painting. I’m really pleased with both and hope they keep fairly similar to the wet look shown here. Its freezing and raining again today. I didn’t think I’d get out yesterday as weather was awful, but there was a break mid afternoon so i did a quick video which will be up later in week, and if i can i’ll photo these today to show changes when drying.
I was feeling a bit sad at all the ones I’ve scraped off this week so did a quick one Tues night – a simple dirty pour using black instead of white. I did like it but…look whats happened!! I used an old canvas that was a PVA mix gone wrong, and there was PVA in the mix i used this time. I’ve had this happen before with PVA, the surface seems to go rubbery and peel. I’ve no idea what caused the lumps though. I’ve been reading a book about the Plague, the Black death and it just reminds me of that πŸ˜‰
This is wet…

and here it is dry, dimples, lumps and cracks 😦 Shame as i really liked it. Ah well, I think this canvas is one for the bonfire now. 

Advice from Golden, and an update on experiments

I’ve always loved Golden and Liquitex paints and used them in my painting but with pouring acrylics I go through so much paint its just not feasible to use them solely 😦 Yesterday I thought I’d write/email them to see if they’ve any samples I can use for testing and show in the blog and got a lovely reply back saying yes! I forgot to say I was in UK though but hopefully I’ll still get them. They also pointed out this link

http://www.justpaint.org/understanding-the-techniques-of-pouring-acrylics/

which is packed with advice on Golden high flow paints and pouring. I have seen it before ( we pouring artists seem to devour up advice on the net!!) but it bears repeating.
After reading this I’m thinking I might try using alchohol to thin my heavy body acrylics instead of water, maybe before i add floetrol or similar…
Lately I’ve been doing so many experiments and they’ve all gone bad – well, almost all, and that’s why there’s not been much here. I’ve a few waiting to be photo’d and I’ll add them soon but most just got scraped off. Yesterday I just went back to basics, paint, floetrol, water and dimethicon. I forgot the alchohol….and i did get what i hope will dry into a good painting. Sometimes they look great wet but the paint keep changing and they dry very different.
This one was a negative space attempt, that went wrong, got swiped, swiped again, scraped up and tilted, and ended with first pic. Added lots more red and purple and swiped again and got pic two. I’m still uncertain whether to keep or paint over. It might grow in me πŸ˜‰ I don’t hate it but its not got anything special either. On these first three i used a mix of elmers glue-all and floetrol. I’m still not convinced of glue though and as it costs for elmers in uk, and the pva here I’ve tried don’t work for me i’m avoiding them once I’ve used them up. Others get great works, not me though.

another neg space that went wrong so i tilted it but still don’t like it. I knew if i swiped the colours would just merge unless i added more and i’d run out of time – so a repour on this one.

these two I was trying out a cheap white craft paint, I use loads of white ans as i just can’t seem to make housepaint work for me i thought i’d give this a try. It isn’t one I’ll use again unless i want a grainy effect. I quite like the way it splits and goes grainy on the first but the second, started as neg space and then i tilted and …well, i think i’d got paint too thin too this time so one repour, possibly two πŸ™‚

I’ve a 20 x 20 ice/fire commission so practised on a couple of small ones first. I did a video of these, dif PM for each, floetrol and liquitex i think though I can’t quite remember. I’ll upload the video in a few days if i haven’t already. Had some internet issues…it happens. The two small ones were – well, but’s i like but overall they may be repours, i’m not sure yet. Its funny how often paintings I don’t like, not just pouring ones but my others, are the ones that sell, and those i love languish lonely in the studio or house.

So when i did the big ones, I changed it up. I used a mix of floetrol and LPM for these. The blue is a mica mix and very metallic looking. plus though you can’t see it there’s a fine silver glitter dusting. Love the first one, luckily so does the client, second was a swipe gone wrong, a repour one πŸ˜‰ I seem to have loads of those lately.

wasn’t going to paint yesterday but had some leftover colour from Tuesday, the blue and pink grainy ones which i’d dropped into one cup and left, so mixed up a quick bit of orange, metallic green, black and purple to go with the two blues, yellow, magenta and tiny bit of white Β  in the cup, and did a dirty pour on a canvas I’d painted black over one I didn’t like. I’m pleased with how it came out, back to my basics with this, floetrol and paint 50/50, water to thin and some dimethicon. I’ve tried loads of different stuff now, but somehow floetrol or LPM works best for me and as I paint a lot ( and waste a lot) and floetrol is cheaper that’s what i use. If someone wants to pay extra for archival materials i keep the LPM for that, hopefully floetrol will last many years but there’s no data to support it while LPM is designed to do just that, and carries a price tag to match.
And is pouring – with rain not paint! today so don’t think I’ll be able to get out. cold too so fire is lit and maybe its a reading day. I do need to hoover, and TBH the oven needs cleaning, I keep putting it off but maybe its the day to do it as i can’t paint. we’ll see πŸ˜‰

What I’ve been doing this past week….

Busy week having lots of fun. Did some painting with grandkids. Spent Β some trying to get those elusive large cells, did some negative painting, some experimenting with new additives, and a couple more with house-paint. And tried a few different ideas.

yesterday’s ribbon pour ( well that’s what I call it, there may be a “proper” term but its like a dirty pour tipped slowly. this is over an old canvas, that had some texture, small stones and plaster on the sirface!
attempting large cells – getting there. This was blowing silicon over the surface. It has changed a bit as it dried…

I’m giving up on house-paint, I just can’t make it work for me…others use it with great results but for me whether with just water, pva, floetrol or a mix of all it, whether i use it thick or thin, satin or emulsion, it either cracks or the paints separate so I’m sticking to artists acrylics.

house paint and water, cracked
housepaint and water made thinner, paint separated
housepaint with floetrol, paint still separates

Tried for some negative space works, as usual I added too much colour. But like the results of the first one even though it wasn’t what i was after. Second will get a repaint probably.

playing with negative space
and again negative space was the aim but i used too much colour – that happens alot to me!

Trying for some nice bright cells. I think these were the ones I used coconut oil with, definitely did on the one I collaborated with Nathan, purple one.

cant rememeber what i was aiming for with these two, probably bright colours – i tend to let them mix too much when tilting and end dissatisfied.

Nathan was determined wed do a collaboration piece. He took one side, me the other. He chose colours, we used the same but different mixes and simply poured and tilted. He had much more purple in his mix.
trying a swirl with dirty cup leaving negative space….as usual too much colour.
Beth had the idea to paint a sycamore leaf and place in the white paint.

 

Im pretty happy with these two – trying for biggish cells

Beth was inspired by some cake feathering we have done in the past. Looks good I think, something else to try

I didn’t like the first one below, so swiped it – and swiped a couple more times and ended up with the next pic. Too bland for me, so one to paint over. wished I’d left it as it was πŸ˜‰

Latest plays, some bright cells,

I’ve had a few disasters, downside of trying new things, some work, some don’t, so decided to stick with my tried and trusted mix, but see if I can get cells with more than one colour deliberately, I’ve had it happen accidentally, but wondered if I could influence the process.
Did a small one first, this is 4 x 4 inchesΒ 
Then I moved to a larger canvas, 6 x 18 ins I think. I’m pleased with this one but the second didn’t come right, and I swiped too many times, making the colours join and just become too orange, no contrast . One for painting over later πŸ˜‰ There’s a video of this one at the end of this post. Sorry, you get a bit of me upside down at the end, didn’t switch tablet off properly….oops!Β  too much swiping blended the colours and lost any contrast. Here;s the fails, I tried swiping with pink, didn’t like the result but that could just be my colour choices. I swiped with matallic blue on one last week and liked that.

I’m still thinking over this one, whether to keep or repaint. Its not what I was after but I quite like the subtle effects and soft colours. Its another 6 x 18 in canvas

Video for the bright 6 x 18 painting.

experimenting with housepaint instead of artists white

the painting is awful, but the purpose was to test the housepaint and I’m happy with its performance. Wondering now if I might try a few housepaint colours, test pots maybe? I wouldn’t use them for the more expensive works but these are around Β£20-40 so I think its fine. I think they’re the kind of paintings people want to go with decor more than falling in love with a subject and wanting to keep it years.
this is closer to what I want, the white looks yellowish but dries up bright white. still a bit too much colour for what I was aiming and I only used two ting pots dark blue, like a prussian, and alizarin red.

I saw Dulux matt white was on offer on Amazon – or maybe just a mistake and I got lucky – at Β£10 for five litres. Given the W&N or R&L artists white i usually use is around Β£10 -14 for 500 ml that would make a great saving, especially the way I go through paints….I figured if it didn’t work i’d have paint ready next time we need to decorate.

I wanted to see if it gave the same kind of results. TBH this pic Nathan (grandson no 3) and I did came out pretty horrible but the paint was fine, and this morning looks the same as any with artists white. Rather than keep opening a big tub though and risking it drying, plus getting dirt in I’m planning to pour some into a smaller tub. In fact I might use an old floetrol container and premix to the right consistency ready to paint. That would save time and be handy for those times when i find i’m a tiny bit too short of paint and do a rapid quick mix to finish!
Not happy with the first pic I tried again later last night and this one is much better. I can see the paint that isn’t yet dry has a yellow/cream tint but the dry areas don#t show it and the earlier one is fine so I think that’s just a quirk that won’t show in final pic.
I was originally aiming for negative image in the video but as usual things went wrong. I mixed up van dyke brown, orange, burnt sienna and some gold mica and the white of course but I’d too much colour and Nathan didn’t like the white area so we tilted, added, swiped and finally ran a sheet of acetate over the whole thing. That’s not on the video, did it after filming….NB: Both are pre-used and gessoed canvasses. I hate waste. The brown one with probably get reused again!

I am trying to cut down video size, but somehow seem to be failing so far….I’ll try harder, promise, til then there’s always FF button πŸ˜‰

Today’s plan is sunflowers. I’ve some fab ones in the kitchen, and I wondered if I could paint them but in a kind of abstract way with this pouring/blowing method of paint manipulation. I like a challenge!

 

Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. that’s only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, didn’t really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.
Edit 2: Tried thinner paint in case paint was too thick, tried adding PVA as some discussions suggest, but I still get cracking, though a different cracking with the PVA, kind of wider, more like a separation of paint than a crack. I’m going to use what I’ve premixed but think I’ll stick to artists white, and use the dulux as a gesso, or for the house walls!

my first art video!

I’ve been playing with trying to video as I’m painting, and uploading to youtube as wordpress free site doesn’t support direct uploads.

This is a quick one showing what happened with a resin coat on an artwork I really like. I thought the resin would really enhance it but its full of tiny holes. Air bubbles I guess. Its a love hate thing, I love the look of resin finish, but hate the way its so easy to mess up. The cure time for this is only a few mins so I had to work quickly. I’ve had best results with pebeo, but that stuff costs so I’m trying a cheaper marine resin, which is a 1 part hardener to 50 parts resin so accuracy is essential. I’ve been weighing it though and now wonder if its a by volume percentage so need to read again to check. that might account for the ripples I have in the finish of the small ones, and two a did a couple of weeks back, compared to the lovely smooth glass like pebeo. My gran always said “cheap always comes dear in the end” and TBH I’m wondering if I just need to save resin for the favourites and suck up the extra cost.
I’ve also been experimenting with argon oil, hair conditioner and handcream in my quest for Big cells. I did go back to my original silicon too as got some good cells with that but I’d forgotten how it affected the paint, making surface uneven and leaving holes in pics every now and then which is why I stopped. I’ll show pics of those when dry. Suffice to say none were a great sucess, so I’m about to order dimethicone…….
I also had a good day gessoing lots of old canvases, pics I don’t like any more so I’ve a lovely batch ready for painting. Did a couple of big MDF bits I had lying round too.