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I started doing Abstract art just a few years ago. I have been a painter most of my life, taking some time off to raise a family. I combined photography and painting, combining my two passions!
I liked to paint portrait and figure paintings, but put it aside as I was raising my family. I decided to go back to school just to get in the loop again and relearn what I had lost. I took many workshops and experimented with many different mediums and techniques. I kept doing the photography while going to workshops at night.
Two years ago, my granddaughter, Allie, a very talented artist, got me started with acrylic pour painting. I got hooked big time. I think most of that was the freedom of not being realistic and having fun moving the paint around on the canvas and seeing how colors intermingled with each other. I also loved the fact that we could do it together.
To move the paint around I use many, many tools: airbrush, hot air gun, palette knives, spoons, straws (blowing through them) just to name a few. The main thing about acrylic art that I make is that it has a flowing medium in it and silicone. This helps produce the cells that you see on the canvas. When the painting is finished, I use a blow torch to get the air bubbles out and to increase the size of the cells. That is just part of the process. It has to cure for a month to allow for all the oils to come up. In order to glaze it, the surface oils must be removed. I do this with corn starch. I coat the image with cornstarch and let it sit overnight. Then I use a small soft brush and brush away the cornstarch the next day. It is then ready to glaze. I apply 3 to 4 coats of a glaze, allowing each layer to dry at least 5 hours. I have tried resin coating but I can't produce a smooth product. I have so many that I can't exhibit or sell because they have pockets where the resin didn't take. I tip my hat to those who are successful with that process.
Within the past year, I have added alcohol inks and acrylic inks into the mix. Most of the paintings using inks are done on Yupo paper. The inks are layered. The techniques are many, and I am still learning them. I use straws, hot air gun, canned air and an airbrush to move the paint around.
With both methods, there are times where I like to add some art on top of the painting.
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