Friday, April 1, 2022

Escape to inks

The Clouds!
acrylic ink on
watercolour paper
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2022

I will always be grateful to my friend Flora Doehler, the fabulous artist
for introducing me to acrylic ink. She even told me which brand she prefers,
and I am so happy that she did. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears
repeating. If you don’t know Flora's work, check it out. She is magnificent
with flowers – very few artists are as expert at creating the beauty and excitement
flowers bring to us.

I love how the ink moves in water, and that I have no idea where the painting
is going to go. In art most of the time we are trying to achieve control. We’re
trying to get it right. I’m not even certain what right is. But that’s what we try
to do. The delight of acrylic ink is that you have no idea what’s going to happen
with it.  You have some control. You can try and move the ink on the water, but
the water and ink ultimately decide what they’re going to do with each other.
It is their dance. And I usually love the decisions that those two make.

This painting is probably still a work in progress, but I like it already. It
says water to me -- lake or ocean -- I am there. 

Have a loving creating day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love your ink pieces. They have a sense of fun and spontaneity. It will be interesting to see if you take this❣️❣️❣️

Jennifer Rose said...

hmm wonder how that ink would work on Yupo paper

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

I do have so much fun making them.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Jennifer Rose,

I don't know. I tried it once on a very smoothed over
canvas, and it wasn't successful. So it is all in the
land of experimentation. But the colours are sooooo
beautiful and alive.


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