Exploring Painting Techniques: Spritzing

painting in process by Mary Gow

Work in progress, Part 1, acrylic on canvas, by Mary Gow

paint technique on canvas

Work in progress, Part 2, acrylic on canvas, by Mary Gow

These last few weeks I’ve become familiar with the work of Flora Bowley, thanks to local artists, Anna Kazanjian and Regina Jessup.

Here’s a painting I’m working on.

You can see it changing with a bit as I used the spritzing of water onto the canvas, which is a technique that Bowley encourages. I loaded up my brush with paint and without thinking about it, swished it on my canvas then sprayed it with a water bottle. I felt like a kid again as I watched the paint begin to drip. In this example I’m only beginning this dripping technique, stay tuned for more dramatic examples!

I’ll share more as I explore Bowley’s book. It’s easy to participate as you go through the book in what are called “prompts.”

Sprinkled throughout the book are some of the same quotes I’ve saved in my own arsenal of inspiration.

“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” – Uta Hagen (from p. 121).

The full title is Brave Intuitive You: Let Go, Be Bold, Unfold, Techniques for Uncovering Your Own Unique Painting Style.

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