It’s time for another YouTube challenge. This time we will be using a simple bright color scheme and have to create a painting with a negative space. It was inspired by a video we discussed in the group about color mixing, and what were the true primary colors. I’ll include that video down the bottom of this article because it’s very interesting.
So our challenge was to use the CYM primary colors – Cyan, Yellow and Magenta, plus black or white to create a pour with negative space. I decided to use white for my background and create a diagonal pour with a flip cup in the center which I would then stretch out from corner to corner across the canvas, with white in the opposite corners. I prepared the canvas in advance by painting the edges with the white so that I didn’t have to worry about tilting enough to tip off the white over the edges.
In this painting I am using:
Art Alternatives Titanium White and Magenta (seller ships Free worldwide)
Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue
Blick Student Acrylic in Chrome Yellow
Treadmill Belt Silicone
KY True Feel Dimethicone oil
Ooh, so pretty! Yes I did get rather more green than I expected (duh), but it was a nice bright yellowy green so I wasn’t upset. I think using the Cerulean Blue rather than the cobalt blue gave me a nicer green in this primary mix. I would certainly use these colors again. I should do that in a future pour and layer in the colors differently so the blue and yellow aren’t next to each other. Then I would get most likely, a totally different look.
As usual, enjoy the slideshow below with images both wet and dry, and closeups of this painting. And don’t forget to click through to YT and see the links underneath the video for the other painters results in this YouTube challenge.
The video about color that inspired this challenge –> Watch right through to the end where he actually mixes what we would recognise as a primary blue from two colors.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.