Inspiring Artists

Posted by lindacelestian on September 2, 2015 in All Posts, Blog, Inspiration, Inspiring artist

Lately I’ve been thinking about all the different ways to manipulate paint in the abstract painting realm. I’m working on a community project that involves collaboratively creating 2 large murals. I’ll share more about that as it nears completion. Here we are just covering the white for the first layer.


Here I’m tracing a projected drawing onto the ground with a paint marker. This is a great way to work in a layer of drawings over abstract brush work.


Before that project started I was doing a little research on pendulum painting. It’s a technique shown in a video by Martha Stewart here.

pendulum painting

I played around with it with my artist friend Susan Benarcik but the results were very uneven. Sorry no pictures. Then I saw an artist I’ve admired for a while using it in her artwork and I was really intrigued. She’s using hot wax in a copper funnel and the marks she gets are beautiful.

I think I like them so much because the earth’s gravity and rotation are in play here. I have an attraction to natural occurring marks. I know I’ll be trying this in my work maybe not with hot wax but with acrylic paint. On a day when I’m feeling really adventurous maybe I’ll try this.

Actually it makes me a little quesy just watching it.

My work is all pours right now but sometimes I’m tempted to pick up a brush. I do use my fingers and gravity to direct pours, saves having to wash brushes but forget about having pretty hands. Then I came across this. Look at the size of the brush Fabienne Verdier uses! She studied under a calligraphy master and then changed the game by changing the size of the brush.


Go to her website to watch a video of her working. It’s amazing.

I found these images of artists working with pours and it really makes me want to get some bigger canvases.

Herman Nitsch

Hermann Nitsch

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler



2 Responses

  1. Carol
    September 2, 2015

    very cool

  2. Gerry
    September 4, 2015

    Thank you for sharing the wax and body pendulum videos.

    Watching the wax pendulum move into more and more detail, and finish with an imagine that conveys movement, such a beautiful result. Movement, however, contained movement.

    The body pendulum process looked like great fun. The image on canvas seemed to suggest that it was early days in using this process.


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