I had a comment on one of my videos on YouTube, this one, the triple dirty pour sunset painting. Someone mentioned that it might look good as a swipe and that prompted me to try this painting today. I’ll use some of those original colors plus a couple more, swipe and see what we get.
I find colors difficult to choose for my paintings and I admit, I often make some terrible choices! So when it came to sunset colors, I did scratch my head for a while. But Pinterest is a great resource for art inspiration, so I searched for sunset color palettes and saved some to my Pinterest boards. There are a lot of very varied sunset images, but this is the one that I have chosen. I’m going to use yellow, orange, red, magenta and purple, with some gold thrown in just because I love metallics.
Materials used in this painting:
Gallery wrapped canvas
Assorted acrylic paints in chrome yellow, bright orange, warm red, magenta, violet and gold
Treadmill belt silicone
8oz squeeze bottles
Polycrylic protective finish
All paints were premixed into my squeezy bottles, at the ratio of 2 parts paint to 1 part Floetroland water as needed for a creamy pouring consistency. 10-12 drops of treadmill silicone per 8oz bottle.
Wowzers, those colors! Sadly I spoilt it by having a bit too much orange and forgetting that orange takes over like crazy in my paintings. It didn’t help that the orange paint was a bit too thin and runny as well, and it really kept moving a lot after the swipe, taking a lot of the paint off the sides and creating some weird shapes. Once I have the painting finished, I’ll share that in an upcoming update video of all the projects I didn’t get dry and varnished in time. But the colors – wow, I’ll certainly be using these again in another project. Forgetting the red, and the fact the orange was too overpowering, the magenta, purple and yellow were awesome!
Here are some images of the pour while it was wet and some 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.