Flower Paintings using the Poured Ink Technique
This technique really began over 35 years ago as I began my career as a printer. Each color job requires cleaning the press. Removing the ink, which liquefies, and throwing it on paper, creates beautiful images of color, texture, shape and design. Over time the constant visual expressions reveled through this process allowed me to explore and develop a deeper connection to the flower images lying within my soul. It’s as though these flowers were always there, just waiting for the right medium to bloom.
The flowers created by this technique were not painted using traditional paintbrushes and techniques. I have developed a method for diluting oil-based inks and pouring them onto the paper with one hand, while the other hand holds, lifts and moves the paper, creating a flow of flower petals. By layering color on color, drip on drip the petals take on texture, shape and intensity. Using cotton pads dipped in solvent, I create the translucency of petals and leaves.
The process of creating one of the flower images becomes a spiritual dance. I feel transported – become one with the images. The colors and shapes flow and move through me as well as on the paper. My hope is that whoever sees these flowers will not only see them but will also feel them.