These paintings are called acrylic pour art. No paintbrush is used. Acrylic paint is mixed with a paint conditioner or pouring media, water, alcohol, and a few drops of silicone oil. The mixture is then poured onto a surface—in this case, claybord. Because of the specific gravity of the paints and the substrates they are mixed with, designs are formed as layers, lines, and cells. The result is unpredictable and uncontrollable. I interpret the result based on color and movement, reading beyond the physical elements of the design to the emotional aspect of viewing this art and how it makes me feel.
I’ve begun to focus on specific colors, choosing one main color and working with various hues within that color family, adding contrasting and complementary colors as desired. This allows for a deeper connection with the main color. In this collection, I ask: What can the color blue teach us? What emotional, psychological, and physiological reaction do we have when blue is allowed to speak? Because this type of art is fluid, attention must be paid to the motion of the pieces; hence, the titles are verbs that reflect movement. The mixture combines and flows without any constraints, other than the surface’s end. The claybord captures a unique beauty that will never be repeated. It’s like a snapshot of a moment, like the moments of our lives. When you pay attention, you never know what you might see.
Sandy Coomer is an artist and poet living in Brentwood, TN. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and a full-length collection, Available Light (Iris Press). Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits, and has been published in journals such as Gravel, The Wire’s Dream, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Taxicab, and The Magnolia Review, among others. Sandy is the director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN, and the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Rockvale Review. She is a teacher, a dreamer, a seeker, and an explorer. Her favorite word is “Believe.”