July 3: Pouring and Dripping

Edward Betts, former University of Illinois professor of painting, was the art teacher whose instruction we worked from today. We read from his book Master Class in Water Media (1975, 1993) about techniques of pouring and dripping. Besides using these brushless techniques, we used tissue paper and acrylic medium to create some texture in our paintings..

Pouring paint is a little more involved than just tipping a can of paint over and letting it run on to the surface. The consistency of the paint needs to be refined by mixing paint with water and acrylic medium. We generally sought to achieve a consistency of heavy cream. After pouring paint, we often sprayed water on the pieces to achieve additional cool effects. Another element involved in pouring is allowing sufficient time for paint to dry before applying additional layers. Given the cloudy, cool, and humid conditions this morning, we needed to have several pieces going to stay busy. Stacey taught us some spattering methods, which involves tapping a loaded brush above the support. Flinging—well, we figured that out quickly, but control was problematic.

Process (Slideshow)

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Paintings in Progress and Completed

All three of us produced several paintings. Some of the following may be added to tomorrow, and we have additional pieces to work on show later. As you may surmise from titles, some of us are grumpy about the day’s session

Dot Big Pink (Disaster no. 1) Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 11 x 14 in.

Dot
Big Pink (Disaster no. 1)
Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 16 x 20 in.

Dot Disaster no. 2 (in progress) Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 16 x 20 in.

Dot
Disaster no. 2 (in progress)
Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 16 x 20 in.

Stacey In the Cirque of the Towers Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 16 x 20 in.

Stacey
In the Cirque of the Towers
Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 16 x 20 in.

Stacey In progress Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 9 x 12 in.

Stacey
In progress
Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 9 x 12 in.

Bob Thunderbird Acrylic on paper, 4 1/2 x 7 in.

Bob
Thunderbird
Acrylic on paper, 4 1/2 x 7 in.

Bob Grand Teton no. 20 (possibly in progress)Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 11x 14 in.

Bob
Grand Teton no. 20 (possibly in progress)
Acrylic and tissue paper on board, 11x 14 in.

Bob In progress Acrylic on board, 16 x 20 in.

Bob
In progress
Acrylic on board, 16 x 20 in.

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