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Which Side is Up in an Abstract Painting??

Which Side is Up in an Abstract Painting??

Which side is up? When you paint abstracts, how do you know which way to hang your painting? Here's how I do it. I only paint on square or rectangular surfaces. I've seen some nice circular paintings in this genre, but I've never done one. Though the same concepts apply regardless of the shape. I like working with a 30" x 30" square wood panel. It's a big enough size to be substantial, but at the same time, it's still manageable. 24" x 36" horizontal is also a nice size. 30" x 40" is nice, but it's suddenly a much...

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Troubleshooting Fluid Paintings -- Cracking and Crazing

Troubleshooting Fluid Paintings -- Cracking and Crazing

This is a question I get a lot. So I thought I'd post it as a quick reference guide. Preventing cracking and crazing of your paint.  You have an amazing pouring pattern going, only to check later and it's ruined by paint cracking. How do you prevent this from happening? I've found this can happen for a couple reasons. 1. Are you mixing different brands of paint together? If so, they might not be compatible when combined for fluid painting. Try doing a pour with only paints from the same brand and see if that fixes your issue. That doesn't...

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Some notes on fluid painting color choices

Some notes on fluid painting color choices

This is probably the biggest barrier I've seen in looking at the work of many fluid painters. I tend to generally stay with a very similar color palette because I found what works for me. And with fluid painting, the results are unpredictable and you often get something totally unexpected using the same paint. Usually I have about 5-7 colors that I tend to use regularly, so I keep them mixed up and ready to go at all times. Here are some of the problems I see with other artists. The work gets muddy. Usually this is caused because the...

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What Kind of Paint do You Use?

What Kind of Paint do You Use?

That's actually a complex question. It really depends on what I'm doing. I recently started painting some abstract landscape paintings. These were a variation on more traditional landscape oil paintings I've been doing since about 2007. I simply change to a more deliberate type of brush stroke. Then switched to Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints. The reason for the switch was to get super vibrant colors, which aren't something you see much of in oil paint. When I say super vibrant, I don't mean rich color, I mean "electric" colors. Like one touch of a bright magenta color will really...

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My Website Reboot!

My Website Reboot!

I decided I wanted to do something completely different with my website. It wasn't really serving a grand purpose other than to prove I actually exist. I wasn't delving into my "process" and it wasn't helping anyone understand what or why I do things a certain way. I've also had trouble connecting with people on Instagram, which is where most people find my artwork. I can type about 4 words a minute on a cell phone, so I couldn't really give elaborate responses or feedback. I could barely capitalize a word over there. What I hope this revised website allows...

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