Fluid Experiments

Often people think that abstract art is just throwing paint at your canvas. Well I guess occasionally it literally IS just throwing paint at your canvas. Most of the time though when I’ve been trying to create intuitively, my fluid abstract paintings still require some kind of strategy. I experiment with how different paints react with each other, work with different mediums together (e.g. alcohol inks and acrylics) and the use of colours that work with and contrast against each other. Often the result is a kind of fluid art found in nature in lakes, rock formations or crystals. Sometimes a little science is involved in creating cell like structures and lacing – read up on Siqueros accidental painting technique – and I’m forever writing down formulas for my paint mixtures. Mostly though it’s fun seeing how the paintings evolve over a few hours as they dry. Here are a few of my experiments.

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