Narcisus

The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said: “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.

Paulo Coelho

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I love fall, the color of the leaves, the chill in the air but I miss the beauty of spring flowers. Narcissus is one of my all time favorites.

This painting is a combination of swiping and blown effect, with the acrylic fluid formula.

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Acrylic Pours Filled with Secrets

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This painting was created in two sessions. The background first ( flip cup acrylic pour), and the foreground trees second. I was inspired by the snow swirl effect in the background, that makes me think of a mythical creature. Almost ominous, or protective spirit, you decide.

One of the things that attracted me to the acrylic pouring experience was how much the paints speak, revealing little secrets. There are many different approaches to the process  each with results that almost always impress me with hidden images. For the trees in the foreground of this painting I used a straw blowing technique, which I explain in the Youtube link.  For the trees I used: a dark and light blue, dark and light green and the white. Dripping small puddles of paint together and gently blowing with a straw to create pine tree branch shapes with snow on them. A little manipulation of the paint to move it in the direction I felt looked like a tree. Finally I dripped some white and a little blue to make the snow in the foreground, then spread it gently with a pallet knife. I will be adding some blog posts in the future that will have steps with photos to guide through the acrylic pouring process. Please take the time to comment and let me know what you would like to know about how its done.

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Another pour that I saw so many images in, and so appropriate to the season. This is a set of 4 coasters painted on 4×4 tiles. The background is a solid green then using a flip and drag technique on top with Purple, yellow and orange as the cup colors. I see a ghost in the third tile from the left and a pumpkin in a field in the first,  many other little ghostly images all around crying Happy Halloween. Can you see what I see.
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“Dueling Dragons”. These dragons just appeared  like magic with a flip  and drag of my cup of colors.

A Dragon image magically  appeared with this flip cup. The paint process just amazes me. Can you see the smiling dragon. The images just appear before your eyes. I like to call it my magic painting experience. There will not always be animals or spirits appearing before you eyes. But most definitely there will be some excitement that makes it worth your invested time.

The mixture, if you would like to try for yourself is; 1 part craft style acrylic paint to 2 parts fluid medium ( Floetrol, School glue or other acrylic medium). If you are using a thicker tube type you will need a 3 to 1 ratio. So when the paint is stirred it flows off the stick like honey, piling like wet sand when it settles .

Live Painting Tutorial

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I have been practicing making tutorials for about a year now. Many people have seen my art and the way I approach Acrylic Pouring. Asking me to make a video to share my process. I see acrylic pouring more as a form of art than a crafty approach to painting. By giving the paint freedom to “do its own thing” we as artists are freed up to concentrate on the final product. As a traditional painter I always fell short especially with backgrounds. But honestly my process is a blog for another day.

What I would like to talk to you about today is the actual video process. More specifically, the fear involved. There are many avenues available to present your tutorials. Youtube is, I think, the most recognized. They offer candy,  and make their form of video posting more appealing. Not literal candy but we have all heard of the video gone viral. There are other ways to post your videos, as I am doing now, prime example. This post will probably not receive as many views posted here as it would on Youtube. I do plan to work hard to gain many followers and soon change that fact though.

This video was created LIVE on Facebook. My caps are to indicate that recording live is quite scary. You can prepare and plan as much as you like and still make unheard of mistakes. After creating the video I am almost ready to say that it was actually an easier way to go. There is not as much time to let the fear take over , and its easier to overlook your mistakes when you have the live effect to blame.  I have been posting on Youtube for over 6 months with only 3 posted.  With all the variables in video creation, stress, content, funds, editing, and lighting, it is so easy to become a forever procrastinator.

There is actually video making abilities on the Word Press site too, this I have not yet explored but I will! Then there is the need to build up your following on both ends. All these things do cause stress, but I must say I am enjoying the ride. If you too are in my boat please like and subscribe to my page. I would love to hear from you. We may be able to help each other jump some hurdles.

I’m sure there are even more available than I have mentioned here and more to come. Money to be made in the process, I enjoy making them so my thought for the day is, be determined and believe in your plan, learn your facts and you will go far.

Today there are videos, and video makers all around us. Honestly I am really thankful for all the new Pouring video viral trend, otherwise I wouldn’t feel so excited about all that can be done with it. So please take a minute to watch my live video and maybe you too will be the next viral video maker.

Please watch and ENJOY