My new basement studio has seen a lot of use over the past couple of days. I’ve been working on layering and pouring skills, and I’m still enchanted by the absorbing mindfulness of the chemist component.
This, my friends, is one expensive hobby. I thought the cash drain had come to an end when I set up the studio with everything I could possibly need, but not so. I’ve already had to restock a few canvases and some often-used paint colours. I am counting on the fact that it will become less expensive as I waste less. I scraped several canvases and started over yesterday while learning some new techniques.
Sheila Wright, our Acrylic Pour guru, has mastered the Dutch Pour after several weeks of dedicated effort. This technique produces an abstract blossom a la Georgia O’Keefe and is surrounded by negative space. Not only is a rare breed of blow dryer required, boasting both the proper nozzle and a setting for high air flow with no heat, but Sheila found that she had to upgrade from dollar store paints to get the results she was seeking. A butane torch has been used to bring out the bubbles.
She has also created her largest ocean pour to date on a 16x20 canvas which is “still wet” days after the pour. Check out the gorgeous jewellery she’s made from the paint "skins" left on the tray after the work is done.