So what is this you ask? The Blind Bay Painters created a large painting with 60 canvases combined to make one painting as a group project this year! This is a snippet of cropped picture of the whole painting all put together and framed beautifully (Thanks to Bill Burton for building our massive frame for it!) This painting will be present in the Reedman Gallery during the Canada Day weekend (Fri/Sat 10-4) Each artist takes one or two 6×6 canvases with a grid cutout of their part they need to paint. None of the artists except for the organizer knows what the final painting will look like until they are all complete and framed. The painting is both real and imagined, rich in colour and soft in feel, with local sites. Can you guess what it might be? Come to the show for a viewing!
It was like the last day of school, someone said. I chuckled, and delighted in the metaphor. The chatter was infectious and anyone who thought they actually could come to paint on the last day was fooling themselves. We came to visit, to share our concerns about one of our painting friends losing her husband and all that she had to endure this year and what we could do to support her. We came to catch up with some people who were away and this might be the last chance that we would see them until next fall. We came to celebrate, celebrate the great year we had together, the camaraderie that exists, and the blessing of not having a flood destroy our Canada Day plans. Oh yes, and we came for the food…Bayside Marina, you did not disappoint!
Judi Reglin is our 4 F artist at Blind Bay. What is 4F you ask? Funny, Frugal, Fun and Fabulous! She often repurposes and reuses materials for her art and believes in doing art her way without rules! She reminds artists to “do it for yourself–don’t worry about what others think. If you like it, it’s great!” Her style varies from week to week and she’s all about trying it all and “playing” while you paint! So when she was asked to do a demo for the Blind Bay Painters, it was really no surprise that she decided it was going to be a surprise!
Judi demo’ed a very free form abstract painting method of acrylic pouring. In typical Judi style, she brought some old acrylic craft paints, and white acrylic house paint that was put in a dish soap bottle for easy pouring.
You begin by pouring a blob of white paint near the middle of the canvas. You then select another paint color to pour in the middle of the white paint. You then add more white paint on top of the colored paint, and yet a second color over that. The paint moves the initial pouring to the outside of the pour and rings of color begin to form.
When you have finished layering the colors within the whites (any number of colors can be used), you pick up the canvas and start moving the paint around by tilting the canvas in different directions until you get the shapes and shifts of colors that look desirable. The paint can drip all the way around the edges so prep with some plastic under the art. As you can see it creates some interesting formations and color displays!
Her final art piece!
And then, all the drippings? You don’t think that Judi would throw those away. No….they are art all in themselves! Press paper or canvas onto the drippings and lift and you have interesting formations again!
And the dried paint on the plastic forms paint “skins” which can be used to add to future art! See below!
Here is my quick 3 colour acrylic pouring on a mini canvas sheet!
If you are new to painting and love abstract art, you have to give this a try! The craft acrylic paints are a common item in garage sales, so pick up some and create your own frugal acrylic poured art! Great for kids to enjoy this art too! Thanks Judi for a great demo!