fluid acrylics

Beauty

This Monday each time I looked up from my painting to check on the Muse Group students, they were working intently and without pause on their paintings. No one had questions. There seemed to be a host of silent advisors in the room (the ones we call Muses) directing the activity. In the lesson we were using opaque passages to sculpt and design shapes on transparent under paintings. Rivers of inks and fluid acrylics were flowing onto the pages. Next day I rescued the paper towels from the trash and made a corsage.

corsage

I would like to wear this or make it wall sized. Spray it with shellac to preserve it. Make tiny ones to put on pins or hair clips. Design sheets and mugs and T-shirts. And I will probably do none of these, but go back to my delectable acrylic paints for more stunning combinations, which seem endless!

We’ve been enjoying the poetry of John O’Donahue to inspire our own understanding of Beauty. If you want to partake of his insights you might enjoy his interview on the podcast On Being.

This week we contemplated color. In his book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace O’Donahue wrote “Color is always reaching toward us. The eye is the secret destination of color. A color is never alone for each color arises through the interplay of other colors. Color is always a dance with invisible partners.”

The interplay of complementary colors is just such a dance. Once you know that its the red that makes a green landscape vibrate with green-ness you are gaining access to the secret kingdom of color.

sharp

(class demo using semi-opaque green passages glazed over a red background)

Some Beauty is sharp and cutting, pricking into areas long hidden, letting the air out of bubbles, lurking and then jabbing and hiding again behind blooms and pretty smiles, this floral guise designed to lure and then strike at that which needs cutting down.

Its all in the plan, this poke that teaches even as it hurts, then swabs the wound with its beguiling beauty.

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Free Demo

Join me next Friday afternoon at Rileystreet Art Supply, 103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa, CA for a demonstration I’m doing.  It’s free, but make sure you register. Here’s the scoop!

Acrylic Glazing With Textures
Presenter: Susan Cornelis
Friday, November 22
1:30-3:30

Oh, the variety of fun textures you can achieve with any of the acrylic gels, pastes or gessos! You will feel emboldened when you see fluid acrylics and inks mixing and settling into the textural designs in surprising ways.

Debossing, embossing, decalcomania and other textures will be demonstrated and combined with glazes of fluid acrylics and inks for dramatic effect. Stencils, stamps, color shapers and some household items will be employed! Hopefully you’ll go home and be inspired to find your own texture making tools.

Susan Cornelis is a mixed media painter and popular workshop teacher with a studio in Sebastopol. Visit her gallery at http://www.susancornelis.com. For information about her workshops, newsletters and videos visitwww.imaginewithart.com 

To register, please contact Rileystreet Art at: (707) 526-2416

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