Two Very Different Springtime Swipes (With Black and White)

For me, inspiration often comes from nature, and right now the state of Georgia is exploding with color. To celebrate spring, I decided to create a painting on a 16×20 inch canvas using bright spring colors…and then I decided to do a second one!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m still hesitant to do a swipe on a perfectly good pour painting. I’m always afraid I’m going to mess it up somehow. Which is silly because even if you do ruin a painting or two, all you have to do is let it dry and then pour over it again. In any case, I set my mind to do a nice white swipe over some beautiful springtime colors.

As I was mixing up the colors, I had a moment of indecision: Maybe I should do a black swipe instead of white. That’s when I decided this pour would actually be a little experiment—I would do both!

Supplies I Used


Recently I have been adding water and Zinsser Paint Booster to my colors, rather than Floetrol, and I have to say, that has been working fine for me. You’ll see in the video that after mixing up my colors, I added a little shot of silicone to everything except the swipe colors.

Both swipes went off without a hitch, but Wow! They sure turned out looking different. Logically, I knew they would; after all, one swipe was light and one was dark. But emotionally and visually, the difference was shocking.

Spring Swipe with Black

Between the two paintings, I really preferred the black swipe. It seemed so much richer, darker, and juicer than the white. In my mind, the black swipe definitely won the side-by-side comparison.

Fifteen minutes later, my wife walked into the room, went straight to the white swipe and said, “I love this one!” I guess everyone sees things a little differently. I’ll let you decide which one you like better. Both of these will be for sale on my Etsy store. Keep on pouring!

Spring Swipe with White

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