If you’re reading this blog, if you’re on this website in general then there’s one thing that I’m certain of—you love art. Art is subjective, of course, something that we as acrylic pouring artists know probably too well. There are some very famous paintings out there that I simply don’t understand, but I can’t deny that they’re art. But I digress, and that’s not the point of this post.
Something that I love to do—other than create art—is study. And while most people might not think these things go hand in hand, I hope those people are reading this blog because studying improves everything. There are so many things we can learn from different art styles that can make you a better artist. So here are a few art styles and lessons I’ve learned from my studies!
I know what you’re thinking, “abstract, right? Duh!” but there’s still a lot that can be learned from studying some of the greats of this source style. Because pouring is caught somewhere between acrylic painting and abstract art I’ve found it important to study its history. Abstract art is a lot more deliberate than I originally thought. A lot of the time my pours are just exercises in chaos and while that may be the feeling an abstract piece conveys there’s a lot more planning that goes with. Careful planning of color and composition are taking into account as they should be with pouring.
Some find surrealism a bit disturbing, but I personally find it fascinating. Dali and Kahlo, to name a few of the greats, taught me to test my own boundaries and also to trust my gut. And maybe more than anything, art is weird. There’s so much expression and emotion in the strangeness of their creations that it just makes them all the more powerful. Surrealism is a real lesson is accepting that not everyone is going to like what you create, but that doesn’t make it any less valid.
A lot of my personal favorites come from the impressionist movement. Some of them even look like acrylic pours! The dreamy colors that blend and become something so much bigger is what inspired me to give this crazy pouring stuff a try. What I think I love most about surrealism is the complexity of it and how it can be muted pastels, crisp and clean whites, or bold bursts of color but still maintain that uncanny imaginative look.
I am still a student of art as much as a participant of creating it, and can’t wait to see what else is coming from these experiences.