Acrylic pouring - fine art or not

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Hi All,

So apparently, I’m supposed to blog. Growing up remotely most likely has something to do with how introverted I am so blogging is a very hard thing for me to do, I know there are many artists out there that feel the same. But here goes!

Acrylic pouring, everyone says it’s not art, it’s not fine art, it’s just a fad- but did you know David Alfaro Siqueiros, an artist, first experimented with pouring in the 1930’s. In fact in New York in 1936, he was the guest of honor at the "Contemporary Arts" exhibition at the St. Regis gallery. There he also ran a political art workshop in preparation for the 1936 General Strike for Peace and May Day parade. The young Jackson Pollock attended the workshop and helped build floats for the parade. In fact, Siquieros has been credited with teaching drip and pour techniques to Pollock that later resulted in his all-over paintings, made from 1947 to 1950, and which constitute Pollock's greatest achievement.Has the technique evolved and changed, of course it did like most do.

Can anyone do it, of course, just like anyone can pick up a paint brush and some oils and paint. However, an artist will consider many things before and during their painting process. They put their emotion into their paintings and this feeling, through color, through composition is what speaks the to the collector. This is what gives the artist their own unique style.

For myself, I love the ocean and the movement of it. This technique allows me to convey that. I have had many people say “Why don’t you paint the northern lights or why don’t you paint glaciers, after all you’re from Alaska.” Well yes, SE Alaska where it’s rare that we see northern lights or wolfs, etc.. Having been on the ocean most of my life, it is what moves my spirit, sunsets are what move my spirit, the wind through my hair and rain on my face in a storm. I paint what I feel. There is as much thought that goes into a small painting as a large one. I can’t paint in groups with other artists. I need to be alone with my music with my emotions of the painting.

“The brush stroke at the moment of contact carries inevitably the exact state of being of the artist at that exact moment into the work, and there it is, to be seen and read by those who can read such signs, and to be read later by the artist himself, with perhaps some surprise, as a revelation of himself.

Nature revels to him, and, seeing and feeling intensely, he paints and whether he wills it or not each brush stroke is an exact record of such as he was at the exact moment the stroke was made.” The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

I love this thought because that is exactly what happens when I paint and when a piece of work speaks to a collector. That is what makes art good.

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