My girlfriend Royce has introduced me to a new (to me) abstract art form. It is called "ACRYLIC POUR PAINTING". It's kind of a Jackson Pollock abstract on acid kind of a process. It is exactly what it sounds like. Whereas Pollock did a lot of slinging paint, (OK, he did pour paint as well), you basically mix up your colors and pour them onto whatever surface you are using. I have seen folks pour on everything from canvases to 33 1/3 LP vinyl records. The typical recipe uses Acrylic paint, a pouring medium, (I use floetrol), water, and a squirt of silicone which helps produce what are called cells. You can tilt, swipe, finger paint, or manipulate the paint in all kinds of ways to produce all kinds of results. I must admit, I find it a little bit habit forming in the way that I am getting all kinds of ideas about trying to control the paint to come up with something unusual. I am having brain storms about trying to figure out how to control the flow in order to create an image reminiscent of the cloud tops of the planet Jupiter including the Giant Red Spot. I have also created some pours that will make neat backgrounds for other images... Royce has painted a couple of new pieces using pours as backgrounds. She has painted an Octopus wearing a top hat and monocle that is just as cool as it can be...
Anyway, back to the old dog...yeah, me. I am curious to see where this new process winds up. I don't want it to take over every painting I do for the next foreseeable future, (a new phase, as a curator once tried to explain my diversity) but I do want to experiment with it some more.... So, I guess I owe my talented sweety Royce for giving me another kick (in the pants) start into doing something creative again... I love her tenacity, I can be a little stubborn she says... Anywho, I have to go take inventory of the paints and see what colors I need to replace in order to make a mess out in the garage... If you are interested to see what I am talking about, just go to YouTube and look up acrylic pour painting. I was telling a guy I work with (who is a very talented artist in his own right) about it, I think he is fixing to jump off into it too.... Royce has created a monster...thanks baby, I love you!