Making of Floral001

Check out this insta carousel to see my approach to creating this new form of fluid acrylics.

I actually had someone ask me how I control the paint, contrained within the pedals. The answer?

With my portrait and cityscape series I approach the masking with the end result in mind, meaning I know what I want it to look like... now what's the best approach. Here, I have to paint the abstract first, let it dry, then stencil the image.

With the floral, it's the opposite. Again, I know what I want the end result to look like. So this style requires a tape-off/stencil first approach. But not only that, I have to create layers, starting from the under features and working my way up. This requires blocking-off open areas that I do not wish to paint.

Why? Let's look at it this way. If I simple stenciled, and painted every open area,   I would be robbing you of direction. This may seem like a lot more work for a small effect that most wouldn't notice... but again, I know what I want it to look like. If you ever get a chance to collect one of these, see if you can notice these subtle elements.

My florals stand apart, not only because there is a clear delineation between floral features (i.e. from one pedal to another), but the cellular effect that is natural to fluids is properly used to mimic the complex veining and enhance the organic nature of each subject. That's a lot of NATURE! 

I initially imagined these florals looking beautifully simple from afar. You notice the contrast between color, light and dark. But when you get closer, you realize there's so much more detail that you didn't initially see.