WIP - Liquid Gold, Poured Painting

Pouring paint has presented some exciting new possibilities to me as an artist.  I have a myriad of ideas.  I have been forever pushing the boundaries with watercolors.  Using color saturation to its maximum potential while maintaining the key characteristic of its transparency. Poured painting

Pouring paint has presented some exciting new possibilities to me as an artist.  I have a myriad of ideas.  I have been forever pushing the boundaries with watercolors.  Using color saturation to its maximum potential while maintaining the key characteristic of its transparency.

This time, I am testing to see how a poured painting behaves on Ampersand Aquabord.  I have two paintings on the go right now.  What is very interesting is how the paint clings to the masque and creates a line around. I am intrigued.

What really got my juices fired up is a recent painting by Mario Brideau.  He completed an abstract work on canvas and then coated it with  resin.  The application of resin created a layre of depth on the painting and, I think, intensified the colors.  If not intensified the colors, it certainly did not wash them out in any way.  Hmmm, I said, hmmm.  I must somehow try this.

Let the experimenting begin.  Liquid Gold is that experiment.  I quickly sketched out two of our pet goldfish and began.  Now, I need to back up and give you a bit more information.

When working with watercolor on Aquabord, the painting has to be sealed afterwards with an archival varnish to protect it – the whole point is to not have to frame it under glass.  Once you apply an acrylic product or varnish to a watercolor, it is then considered to be a mixed media painting.  Both watercolor purists and competitions do not approve of this process, however, it is still worth experimenting and customers do like it.  The results are rich, bright and modern paintings.  People actually think I use thin oils.  This gives you an idea of the color saturation potential with this surface.

So, Liquid Gold is an experiment of two types….using a masquing compound on Aquabord and then sealing the work with resin.  I titled this little painting Liquid Gold as it is a poured painting of two goldfish!

This is the painting in progress.  Next I will post the reveal – the work minus the masquing compound – and then with it finished with resin. Fingers crossed.  I am very excited with the possibilities here!