Every artist is inspired by something, or someone. Sometimes it's the work of another artist. My friend Jalen Reed showed me his beautiful photography from his latest trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I was so memorized by his photos and wondered if I could incorporate my style with one of his desert scenes. Would a pour painting capture the desert drama? Well I took a leap of faith and went for it!
Jalen was able to capture the beauty of this heated dry landscape. The sky in this photo looks similar to one of my pour-paintings. Instead of the blue, I decided to give my painting a sunset sky. That way I could use some of my bronze and copper metallic paints, which are always dynamic in my paintings.
My pour painting was made from two batches of different combinations of colors..the sky and the ground. The ground had shades of cream, espresso, white and metallic bronze. The sky was made from cadmium orange, red, metallic orange, metallic copper and creamy white.
I studied Jalen's photo to capture the details of the foliage for my painting. I even had enough leftover paint in my cup to pour over a rock ! The painting was a success, thanks to my friend's beautiful photography. I've always believed there is no such thing as an original idea. We artist are inspired by someone else's creativity...and that's okay!
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