“It’s like pourning out my eighty years of experiences onto shards of canvas… like I saw at the end of my NDE”
Dirty Cup Spiral Pour
Acrylic Pouring is a contemplative experience that results in colorful abstract art by pouring various colors of acrylic paint onto a canvas in a variety of ways. I spend time in meditation before I choose my colors and decide how I’m going to pour and what other tools I might use to enhance the color design. Mixing the paints is another meditative period as I imagine how the colors will mix, how paint consistencies will interact, what order of colors will produce the most interesting results. When I’m pouring, my intention is to shed some light on my experience when I drowned 50 years ago to help others begin to visualize what it is like to have a near-death experience.
I took up acrylic pouring during the COVID quarantine because I was at that point in working through my Bucket List that I had listed “Take up painting.” I spent a year watching YouTube videos of others pouring acrylic paint (search “acrylic pouring”) on canvas and trying different techniques until I felt I was coming up with some good examples. I hit upon it on #50 which I poured on the 50th anniversary of my NDE.
What I came up with, I think, are some great meditation tools. Your intention is your own, but intently looking deeply into these paintings is like entering another world that constantly changes as your rotate the canvas. Images rise and fall, morph into other beings, transform with movement. All of which one has a hard time conveying to another person because it is a personal inner journey.
The paintings also make interesting wall decorations because there is no obvious top or bottom. Turn them 45 degrees once a month and it’s like having a different painting on the wall. But trying to explain them to another person leaves one at a loss for words. Yet it is a deeply felt, personal experience.
I highly recommend taking up acrylic pouring as a stress managment tool. Watch YouTube videos to see if it’s for you before you run out and buy all the supplies you’ll need. The artists are very helpful with sharing how they get the results they get, what kinds of materials to buy, different techniques to try, and there are a variety of different styles to help you find your niche.
Artists may apply color in puddles, pools, spirals or marble-like patterns using various tools found in your kitchen or toolbox. You can pour paints from a cup, through a funnel or a dish drainer or a strainer or over a decorative glass. You can pour a Dirty Cup (multiple colors), do a Flip Cup, or create a Bubble Wrap Dip. You can create designs with a toothbrush or a toothpick or a pizza cutter or a marble, a hair dryer or a straw, or blow the paint with your mouth. Next the canvas is tipped and tilted stretching the colors as most of the paint pours over the edges and onto the workspace below until the artist is pleased with the results left on the canvas.
In 2021 I donated one of my pieces (#18) to be auctioned at a local fundraising event for musical activities in Sisters called My Own Two Hands. The theme was Holding Hope. Even though I’ve moved on to the next item on my Bucket List, I decided to paint one more to donate again. This year’s theme is Moving Beyond (#75).
I’m up to seventy-six paintings and still have a few canvases left to pour on. Most of them hanging all over my walls along with some of my earlier landscape photography. Not really ready to let go of them at this point so I’m going to hold onto them for a while.
In the meantime, I’ve thought about creating an online clothing store featuring some of my paintings printed on material and made into dresses, blouses, scarves, tote bags, yoga pants, yoga mats, etc. Several sites are offering this online opportunity to artists.
If you think you might be interested in wearing my art, please send me an email and tell me which paintings you might wear to help me decide if there’s enough interest for me to go forward with that project.
Diane’s Contemplative Art Gallery
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