I got to play in the studio last week! When trying something new, I do my best to approach it with Beginner’s Mind — letting go of preconceived ideas, and an attitude of openness and experimentation.
I could feel resistance about the materials. I’ve been wanting to try a technique where silicone oil is added to acrylic paint to create open cells, but I work with leftover house paints, not acrylics. Would it work with latex paint?
I thought I should try it as directed first, to get a feel for how the process works, before branching out on my own. It was a struggle to get myself to use acrylics, and in the end, I don’t think the results were that great. This is definitely not as easy as it looks on the YouTube videos!
Later I tried the same technique using house paints, and the paintings look better. Maybe there was a legitimate reason for my resistance to using acrylics, but I had to try it for myself and see. All of these pieces are on 12-x-12-inch canvas panels.
The three paintings below were created using five colors of house paint — black, white, magenta, lime green and orange. It’s interesting how different each one turned out even though they were made using the same colors and the same technique.
I can’t wait to try this on larger panels! The silicone oil definitely adds interest to poured paint.
When do you find an attitude of Beginner’s Mind to be useful? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,