Do you recall the YouTube challenge we did back in July where we had to use the ‘real’ primary colors of Cyan, Yellow and Magenta? I’ve been dying to try these colors again so today I’ll be matching them with a black background negative space pour.
Previously I had matched my CYM primaries with a white negative space, but you know how much I love my strong contrast of bright colors with black, so this one has been on my mind for a while. I prepared my canvas in advance with a black edge and corners and because this was a super-expensive one, I taped the back too to keep it looking clean and smart. My plan was basically the same as the white one I did, except where before I did a diagonal tilt on a square, this time I want to tilt top to bottom along the length of the canvas.
In this painting I am using:
Art Alternatives Titanium White, Black and Magenta
Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue
Blick Student Acrylic in Chrome Yellow
Treadmill Belt Silicone
KY True Feel Dimethicone oil
The darned black was a bit of a nuisance in this one. It was left over from a previous pour and already had just a single spot of the treadmill silicone but it was already enough that when I used the stick to try to swipe off some of the excess black paint, it actually caused the paint to cell up and separate, showing through some white canvas. All was well in the end and it was easy to touch up as it was drying. The end result goes straight to the top of my favorite paintings list. I’m so glad that I used one of my special canvases for this one. The bright colors contrasting with the black, it’s just what I love.
As usual, enjoy the slideshow below of more photos from this pour, both wet and dry, and closeups of the details.
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.