“I’m a new artist and I’m trying to get cells. How do you make your cells?”
I get asked this question every day a couple times. It would be practically impossible to teach complex processes to another artist by messaging on Instagram. Or even email. I practiced and experimented on probably a hundred paintings before I was able to get cells. Every time I do a painting, I adjust something. Whether it’s the paint brand, the paint consistency, how I mix or how I pour. And what I’m doing is beyond just “creating cells.” I’m also calculating specific colors and how they work together. You can make all the cells you want, but if your colors aren’t SINGING, your painting won’t be inspiring. If you want to master this type of artwork, you really need to be prepared to spend a lot of money on art supplies, be persistent, and practice/practice/practice. I’m not a teacher. I’m just some guy obsessed with creativity. But there is a lot of information online. I recommend some of the fluid art painting groups on Facebook as there are a lot of people using images and videos to explain how they got cells. What invariably happens when I answer technique changes is that I end up in a cycle of “This didn’t work for me, why not?” Then I am not only becoming your art teacher, I’m becoming your personal unpaid technical troubleshooter. That’s a lot different than answering a more general question like, what kind of art panels do you use? I do have a couple secrets that I want to keep to myself. There are a lot of artists looking to get something, and not a lot of them offering anything. And my target audience is not artists, it’s art lovers, buyers and collectors. Though, there can be crossover between those two groups.
Will you PLEASE do a video on how you create your paintings?
Sorry, nope. That’s a lot of work to teach someone else how to paint! There are plenty of videos now on Youtube and in the Facebook groups.
“What kind of paint do you use?”
Mostly acrylics, though I am constantly experimenting with all kinds of things. The brands I use are constantly evolving. Most I get at local art stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Some I order online because they have specific qualities and quantities I like. It’s hard to find a couple gallons of white acrylic artist paint at Hobby Lobby.
Are your paintings resin?
My paintings are acrylic. After the acrylic paint dries, I then drench them in a coating of clear resin.
“Where can I buy your art?”
I’m currently on hold for sales due to my move to North Las Vegas.
May I post some of your artwork on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. etc.
Yes. Please make sure you clearly tag the image with my Instagram username (www.instagram.com/astronomikos) or my website www.Astronomikos.com.
Why don’t you answer direct messages on Instagram?
Probably because you are asking me to teach you how to paint cells?
Why did you delete my Instagram comment?
Probably because you left a message that can be interpreted as spam or blatant self promotion. No, I do NOT care if you are a 13 year old aspiring artist, you’re still getting deleted for spamming my feed. Make good art and people will find you.
How did you get into doing these kinds of paintings?
My short bio. I have been painting my entire life. I painted watercolor until I was about 18 because it was cheap and I was poor. I painted a lot of pop art and abstract art in my 20s. I started a graphic design business about 20 years ago that I still manage. I later painted seascapes, landscapes and abstracts for several years. I decided I wanted to paint some of the abstract shapes you might see in the foam patterns of a seascape. In a quest to figure out how to paint sea foam cells, I looked at Turkish Ebru water painting techniques, automobile marbling, skateboard painting, guitar painting, mirror cake glazing, and fluid painting by artists such as Nancy Wood. My current style allows me to check many boxes with my artwork. I’ve found that it has appeal to many people, not just those who love abstract art.