Textured Abstract Painting

OK so I was looking for a picture of a certain painting today and I came across another photograph of an old painting I did a couple of years ago that was one of my favourites, so I thought I would share it (especially after the last post was about one that I wasn’t really that keen on!). I did this textured abstract painting a couple of years ago and it sold pretty quickly after I got a lot of good feedback from friends and family. It was quite a large textured painting on a box canvas:

Untitled29I think if you click on it you should be able to get a much bigger image to see all the texture in the painting.

I used my usual mixture of texture, details of which you can find on this site and used a cake slice to apply it along with a bunch of other tools that I had lying around to make patterns in the texture and I think the proportions of the arrangement of the texture have worked in this case (I try and use the golden ratio to position the various marks and changes in colour and texture and have a great belief that this really works to make the painting properly balanced). I’m sure a lot of you have already studied this but if you haven’t then I would definitely recommend looking into this as it particularly works in abstracts I think.

Another thing I used in this painting was the gold and silver powder that I had picked up in Dubai – you need such a small amount of it that I have enough to last a lifetime! (If you are in the UK and want some to experiment with then I have a few small pots for sale for £5 so comment on this post and I will email you with details if you are interested).

One thing I would recommend to do, particularly if you are trying to recreate a particular style of painting (and you won’t find many artists recommending this!), is to try and copy someone else’s work. I would emphasise not to do this to aim to sell the painting at the end, but just do it as an experiment to see if you can recreate what they have done. Each time I have tried this, I have learned something new about adding either paint or texture when trying to mimic the results that the artist has created in their painting. You can then learn more techniques that you can use in your own work.



Paint Pouring – An Experiment

Firstly a disclaimer – there is no texture involved in this post!

So I have seen a few videos of paint pouring and the kind of effects that you can get with pouring acrylic paint onto a surface and letting it do it’s thing. I have previously created and sold quite a large number of paintings using a similar technique in the past (see this article for more info) but haven’t done many paintings like that for a while as I have been more focused on using texture.

Anyway, the paint pouring videos I have seen are fantastic and really made me want to give it a try. I will add one below so that you can see the type of thing that I mean, if you haven’t already.

I think the results he gets on these paintings are just awesome – looking at the video he uses a heck of a lot of paint (and a few people!) to get the results. Although I have quite a bit of paint (you could call me a bit of a paint hoarder!) I’m not sure I am quite in this realm.

So, I wanted to give it a try and I mixed up my paints to get ready to go – I had a bunch of small lemonade bottles hanging around which were quite useful for mixing the paint – I think I mixed it about 1 part paint to 1 part water but it was a bit of guesswork.

I had also found that I had a storage box that had bits sticking up where the wheels went which perfectly fit a 40x40cm canvas that I had spare that I wanted to experiment on. This would catch all the excess paint. However, half way through I decided to use my usual technique of putting masking tape around the edges so that I kept most of the paint on the canvas.

Anyway, here is my video of how I got on. I’ve speeded (sped?!) it up 16x the actual speed so that it doesn’t take too long! For a first try it has come out with an interesting pattern even though it is not exactly what I was aiming for. I think a few more tries will be necessary as I wasn’t really happy with the lack of concentric circles (which was kind of what I was aiming for) and I think this was due to a few reasons which I will go into below.

OK – so reasons I think it didn’t turn out as I expected:

  • I don’t think I poured enough paint on each pouring
  • I think it needs a solid surface not a canvas as the paint tends to pool in the middle a bit
  • It may be better to use something that would enable gravity to get the paint onto the medium (like the box used in the video at the top)
  • I need to keep experimenting with the consistency of the paint
  • I possibly also need to introduce some resin as I think that is what others have used in some of these paintings

So although the resulting painting wasn’t quite what I had in mind,  I thought it was worth sharing this experiment for a few reasons – 1, so that I could come back and know what to do differently next time and 2, so that others can learn from what I did if they want to give it a try.

Update: so the painting sold at the exhibition that I created it for – and I got quite a bit of good feedback on it so I’m happy about that.