As an artist it’s easy to waste a lot of time trying to create “The Perfect Painting,” especially if you still consider yourself a beginner.
In today’s episode, Steve Chase walks us through how to overcome this common dilemma and a couple methods he uses to replicate his pieces.
Steve has lived in central South Carolina for 70 years, is semi-retired, and often considers art to be more of a lifestyle rather than just a hobby.
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Once again, we have a special guest from the Acrylic Pouring community who goes by the name of Steve Chase. In today’s episode, Steve explains how daily experimentation is the key to overcoming the very familiar feeling of pressure when faced with a blank canvas.
A little bit about today’s guest:
“I’ve lived in central South Carolina for seventy years and I started fluid art painting in November 2017 just to fill some bare walls in our new home.
I did not plan on doing much more than that but I quickly became so mesmerized and infatuated with the process that I continued on.“
So, any reason why you prefer to use an Air Compressor?
Steve: [07:48] Well, when I first started I did like everybody else. I looked on the internet and YouTube and I got all kinds of advice and ideas.
And out of all the things I had seen, using a hairdryer was the most unusual and it dawned on me to give it a shot, so I did. And with a hairdryer, I got nothing.
I couldn’t seem to figure it out. The consistency was always bad, along with many other things, and I happened to have an air compressor in my garage where I was painting.
I said, “this hair dryer doesn’t look powerful enough, I’m going to try this air compressor instead.” And so I did, and I got a lot more success with that than I did with the hairdryer.
Working with an air compressor has both it’s advantages and its disadvantages because it’s not easy to do, and the whole key is being able to control it. It’s been three years now that I’ve used this method, hundreds of pieces later, and I still love it!
What made you transform “Dragon’s Breath” into the centerpiece it is now?
Steve: [04:33] My wife and I moved in our present home about four or five years ago and we loved everything about it…except that there was a hideous beast of a fireplace in the family room.
How did you pull this off?
Steve: [05:29] “I hired a photographer that specialized in Giclée and that’s really the key….He took the high quality photograph of this 14″ by 14″ and blew it up to 4ft by 5ft.“
So, for beginners listening, how do you create a “Perfect Painting?”
Steve: [10:07] “I practice more than I try to produce paintings.
So if I want to make a painting on Saturday, I’ll start off Monday, working with colors to see which colors I want to use. I usually limit it to three and try different combinations and scrape it off and start over again.
I’ll probably do that 20 to 25 times a day, just scraping it off and trying another color, a different combination, placement on the canvas, that sort of thing.
And I’ll tell you the honest truth, I have more fun doing that than I do producing the paintings because so many things are going on.
I try to do one painting a week, and that’s plenty. Other times, I’m having fun just blasting away, trying different things.“
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