Paint Pouring Plus a Brush

Judy’s paint pouring demonstration shows that you don’t have to hang up your brush if you use the paint pouring technique.  Here, she poured first but added a lot of detail using her skill with a brush.  It makes for a detailed, yet glowing painting with beautiful colour and contrast.



Paint Pouring


Pouring paint is a fun technique where the painting goes really fast because you literally pour on the pigment!  However, there is a lot of drawing and filling in with masking fluid… which means major thinking and planning ahead.  This painting shows some of my learning process, including finding out that my blue paint would granulate, but not reliably!  Compare the right side with the left: the right granulated with the red while the left did not.

Memory Exercise

Obviously I could use some memory exercises!  I wanted to paint a picture I took out at Moonshine Lake but I couldn’t seem to get the picture and my paint kit in the same room at the same time.  Since I’ve seen this scene in person millions of times I figured I could paint it from memory.  I knew the prevailing colour was purple and there was snow globbed on the trees and under the cattails.  Long shadows stretched across the ice.


As I painted, I thought I was getting quite close to the way the scene is, although I wasn’t quite satisfied with the colour scheme and thought there was some disconnect between the warmth at the top of the trees and the chilliness of the ice and shadows.


Only when I finally put the two together did I see how off my colour scheme was!  Why didn’t I remember the near monochrome qualities of the snow and shadows?  Was I fooled by the old “trees are green” rule?

We always tell students that no one really looks at things until they try painting them. It doesn’t matter if you get something that isn’t absolutely photographically “right” so long as the overall effect is pleasing.  That’s what art is!

Translucent Shadows


Judy painted this scene in order to capture the glow of the shadow of the snow.  On a bright day, snow shadows can be astonishing colours: blue, purple, or this particular luminescent shade of grey.  There it is in the clouds as well, that translucence that comes out of the brightest of whites.