Undertaking Action Painting

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Following a guided tour around the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, time to go outside and do some action panting in the grounds.



Action Painting is one of those things that sounds so easy to do, but the reality is more complex. This was my first time attempting this method, and if doing it again I would made a few changes. The main problem I had was that the provided paint (tempera) was just too thick, and didn’t drizzle off the painting stick as quickly as I would have liked; the fluidity was impeded! In my recent pieces I left a lot of the canvas exposed, and I tried this here. I don’t think this works, and the ground really needs covering.

At the end of the day, it was a fun activity, and the technique worth experimenting with again.

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