Abstract acrylic painting techniques and tutorial with Glenn Farquhar I Colour In Your Life

Abstract acrylic painting techniques and tutorial with Glenn Farquhar I Colour In Your Life


G’day viewers, my name’s Graeme Stevenson, and I’d like to invite you to come on a journey of creativity and learning and adventure through the series Colour In Your Life. There’s an Artist in every family throughout the world. Lots of times there’s an Artist deep down inside all of us as well. So grab your kids, your brothers, your sisters, your aunties, uncles, and mums and dads and come and see how some of the best do what they do. (Music Plays) (Graeme) Well g’day viewers, and welcome back to Colour In Your Life. Well we are in Sydney on Parammatta Road in Annandale, it’s a pretty busy road – you can hear the traffic at the back. And we are at the Art Fusion Art Studio with Mr Glenn Farquhar. (Glenn) How are you, Graeme? (Graeme) Welcome to the show, mate. (Glenn) Thank you. (Graeme) Glenn is a fascinating Artist, he’s an abstract Artist that does some absolutely amazing stuff. But I think that what separates Glenn from a lot of other Art teaches, is that this man enables people to get rid of the word fear out of their life when it comes to Art. (Glenn) The most important thing that we do here is take the word fear out of Art. Over the years, many years, I’ve developed a lot of different Art styles and techniques, and I’ve put those into simple step by step formats. (Graeme) Aha. (Glenn) So the Art works that I create, you’ll see on my website – most of those Art works are on step by step formats. So people come into the studio and they can do lessons with me one on one. And that way you’ve got me there to keep you under control. (Graeme) Sure. (Glenn) But also on the DVD’s and downloads which sell all around the world, people are able to do the same lesson as you do in here with me. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) I like to show the most simplistic way to create something really amazing, and take that fear out of the Art. That’s the whole idea of it – to show people that yes you can create something really good and you don’t have to have any experience. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) People from all around the world don’t come here to do the lessons with me, they’re doing it online and they’ve got the same results, so you’ll see those on the website. (Graeme) That’s fantastic and we’re going to do two style today. One, Glenn calls Carnival, and the other one is Galaxy Series, where he really puts the paint down and lets it sort of do it’s own thing. But it’s fascinating and these pictures are just – they just jump off the canvas, it’s amazing to see what he does when they’re finished, they’re just beautiful. But I’m going to step out of the picture and I’m going to let you start the first one of the Carnival. You’re really going to enjoy this stuff, guys. It’s a lot of fun, so get ready for a good time. (Glenn) Okay, away we go – lets get started on this Art work. Now I’m going to use a brush on this Art work, and it’s the only time I’ll be using a brush on the whole Art work. And that’s just to do our background. And simply I’ve just got some Artists acrylic paints which I’ve watered down a little bit so it’ll spread easier, and we’re gonna just paint the whole canvas red. I quite often like to have brushstrokes still in there, because that is just a background to the rest of the Art work that we’re going to do. (Graeme) Aha. Also, as part of all of the set up that you’ve got, and you can actually see this on your website as well, but you also build all of your own stretchers and frames. (Glenn) Yeah, I’ve got a step by step free video on the website teaching you how to create your own canvases. (Graeme) Excellent. Now it was your darling wife, Kim that actually got you involved in Art work many years ago. Can you tell me what happened there? (Glenn) One day my wife came home and said she wants an Art work for our new apartment. So she went and brought a cheap canvas from a two dollar shop, and came back, and on our balcony she started to create an Art work. And it was an abstract and just using the paints we had from our home itself, and some Artists paints she brought, and created an abstract Art work, and I thought that looked like fun. So she went and brought another canvas and brought it home, and I helped her with the second one. And then I went and brought another canvas, and another one, and here I am today. (Graeme) You’ve got a fantastic gallery right on Parammatta Road, and you know, the presentation, particularly when people drive past it at night time, I mean there’s just simply colors everywhere. I mean you really can;’t miss Art Fusion when you’re driving along the road. (Glenn) No, that’s the whole idea. Every time I create a new Art work, especially the large ones, the moment I have one in the window it’s three meters long and one point eight meters high and it fills up the whole window. And I’m always doing different styles so my window changes constantly and yeah, that attracts customers. And there we are we’re done – we’ve got a coat of paint on there its red. You can see the brush strokes, I haven’t been real fussy with it cause I don’t want to be. This is an abstract Art work, I’m not doing a fine Art. So that’s it – we’ll let that dry. (Graeme) Fantastic. (Graeme) Alright, Glenn now that surface has dried. (Glenn) Yep. (Graeme) Where do we go from here, what do we do? (Glenn) Well as I said earlier, that’s the only brushes we’re going to be using in the whole Art work. The rest is all going to be using with a brick layers trowel, which you buy from a hardware store. (Graeme) It’s a a brick layers trail. (Graeme) That’s what a brick layers trail looks like, but this one has a rounded head on it, and you can buy them at any hardware store. You can use whatever implement you like to create this Art work, but this is what I use. And basically nearly the whole Art work will be created using this. (Graeme) Oh, okay. (Glenn) So it’s a big form of a palette knife, you know. (Glenn) That’s my palette knife. (Graeme) Just quietly. (Glenn) So the first thing we’re going to do, I’m just using these are a student grade Artists acrylics, they’re hard to buy in Australia, but anywhere around the world, use any Artists acrylics you like. We’re looking something with a bit of substance to it, so it’s more of a structured paint. But for these types of abstracts I just use a student grade – especially if you’re a learner, you don’t want to be paying huge amounts of money for very expensive paints just to try and learn something. You can upgrade to the bigger paints later if you want to, but I encourage all my students to use the cheaper paints. It’s not as hard on your pocket and you’ll get a great result from them as well. (Graeme) Fantastic. So you just like squeeze it out. (Glenn) Yep, put some on the thing. (Graeme) No mucking around. (Glenn) I’m just going to use some yellow with the red, (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) even though I’ve got the red on red, (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) it’s going to be a different red, but I’m suddenly going to change that anyhow. (Graeme) Okay. (Glenn) All I’m gonna do is pull that across (Graeme) Wow. How’s that? (Glenn) with my special palette knife. (Graeme) Very cool, very cool. (Glenn) And to make it stand out a bit more, I’ll just put a bit more of the yellow wing, and I’ll just press a little bit lighter so the yellow stays a lot more dominant. And all I’m going to do is just wipe the rest of that off, I’m not worried about getting it completely clean, (Graeme) Yep. (Glenn) and then we’ll just go to another color all together. This time I’ll just use a bit of white with it which will help lighten the whole Art work up. And again. (Graeme) Oh, and the amazing part about a lot of the work that you’ve got with all of these series, and we’ll talk about them as we go through the show, but all of these really have been invented and developed by you. (Glenn) Over the years I’ve developed all these different Art lessons and Art styles. And I’ve created them by seeing examples of different Art works, all All different things in everyday life, and I’ve come back and tried to put them on canvas. Something will happen and I’ll say that was an amazing effect. How can I replicate that, so I’ll just develop it over a couple of years or however long it takes. Now, I have taken all that and put them into a simple step by step format. And by doing that, I’ve made it so people out there – Artists, who are looking for a new style and different designs – they can create their own by just following along step by step. So I make it as simple as possible and take the fear out of trying to create an Art work. (Graeme) Fantastic. This is why it’s so much fun when you do the corporate workshops as well, you know. You basically get people in to you know, enjoy themselves and really have a go at it. (Glenn) Yeah, the team building – we just do simple techniques and the techniques we do with the team building is one of our lessons, and it it’s a pretty much fool proof lesson, so we can have a group of people and I can control them all to create a really good Art work each. It’s not a free for all where they just make a mess with paints. And they’re all amazed at what they’ve created. (Graeme) That’s fantastic. (Glenn) And I’m not worried about being neat. Abstract Art is the harder you try, the harder it becomes to do is the way I feel with abstract Art work. So don’t try to be super neat with everything, because it just doesn’t work with these styles of Art works. (Graeme) One of the things that was said to you when you actually started your career is that you couldn’t run a gallery and a studio at the same time. (Glenn) I’ve been told that by a lot of people, fortunately I didn’t take any notice of it, (Graeme) Guess what. (Glenn) otherwise I wouldn’t be here today with a successful gallery (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) and teaching what I do to the world, because otherwise I wouldn’t have had the incentive to keep going if I was just relying on trying to put them through a gallery. I wouldn’t have this space that I have; I wouldn’t have the interaction with the public that I have. (Graeme) Yes. (Glenn) And interaction with the public is what really helps me, it gives me ideas. They come to me with ideas and say, Glen can you create me something like this. I might never have thought of that before, and I’ll just always say yes, and then I’ll work out how to do it. That’s how a lot of my styles have developed is because I’ve been given something to do, and then while I’m trying to create that Art work, I find a whole pile of different effects that happen, different things that happen and away we go. (Graeme) Now you do have your own formulated, textured medium that you’ve actually put together yourself for the flower series that you do. (Glenn) That’s right, yeah. I’ve developed my own textured medium which is much cheaper than your main modelling paste. On my flowers DVD I show you exactly how to make it up yourself. (Graeme) And you work a lot with Interior Designers as well, (Glenn) Yeah. (Graeme) producing works for you know, various public places or somebodys home. Fantastic, particularly with your style because it’s so condusive to that. (Glenn) Yeah. Yeah, the Interior Designers – they’re very good for ideas as well actually, because they’ll have a set idea for a particular space that they’re trying to fill. (Graeme) Yep. (Glenn) They’ll have a color scheme or it might just be a style or technique, again that suddenly gives me something new to create and from that another style will come. And once I’ve find something that works out to be a really interesting style, then I perfect it into a step by step format so I can then pass it on. And that’s what my whole aim is with my lessons is to pass it on to other people. I get so much joy and benefit from that because of the people who contact me back and thank me from all around the world, and you’ll see that feedback on the website. (Graeme) Yeah, well you’ve got such a comprehensive website as well. People can come in there they can obviously download the DVD’s, buy the DVD’s; you’ve even got Art competitions in your website. (Glenn) Yeah, yeah, we conduct competitions – they’re an international competition. We have two categories, we’ll have the international division and the Australian division. On the website you’ll see the the competitions, all the entries that come in on the different competitions, plus the winners and so forth so you get ideas from that as well. (Graeme) Now your YouTube channel – how do they get in touch? It’s Art Fusion, is that correct? (Glenn) Yes, Art Fusion One is the main channel. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) You’ve got the links from the website as well, so just go to website and it’ll take you straight through. (Graeme) Okay. (Glenn) Okay, the next step we’re going to do, I’ve just got some Artists acrylics with some water just to make it more liquid, and that’s what we’re going to do with the next stage. (Graeme) Okay. (Glenn) You can use any colors you like I’m using black, black always gives a lift to an Art work I think. it makes all the other colors pop. So all I’m going to do is drop some onto the canvas anywhere where I’ve got a really messy area (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) I’ll put some in there. And if you can see the black when it hits the different colors it just pops. (Graeme) Yep. (Glenn) And just randomly: there’s no right or wrong. (Graeme) You know, if I was to say that anyone had influenced you when I first saw your work, I would have to say Jackson Pollock sitting in the background somewhere, he’s got to be. (Glenn) Yeah, look a lot of people say some of my work’s Jackson Pollock. Jackson Pollock invented splashing paint, (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) and that’s all we’re doing basically, especially what I’m doing now, we’re just letting paint drop onto the canvas. And that’s just bringing the black into it again and lifting the Art work. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) I’m going to do the same with white; this is how quick and easy this Art work can be. Basically what I’m showing you is just a simple technique to make a very vibrant, exciting Art work. (Graeme) That’s fantastic, mate. It really is, as you said it just jumps off the canvas. It’s just great.(Glenn) Yeah, yeah. (Glenn) And now we’re going to do another few little things and the Art work will be finished; that’s how quick it is. (Graeme) That’s wonderful. (Glenn) Now I’ve just got some house paint, that’s all this is – straight out of the tin; I’ve just put it in a smaller container to handle. (Graeme) Yep. (Glenn) All I’m going to do with this (Graeme) Oh, there you go. (Glenn) is just let that run across the canvas so we’ve got a different shape altogether on the canvas. And just by adding those few on there, suddenly we’ve got another dimension to the Art work again, which is drawing the eye to the Art work, and it’s all those colors and all the different shapes is what gets peoples attention. Just wipe most of that off my fingers, now I’m going to go to some yellow – again, just house paint. I’m going to do the exact same thing again. This one’s a little bit, make it more drops in different random areas, just so the shapes a little bit different to the blue. But again, it’s just creating that interest in the Art work. I call his pretty much the ultimate abstract feel. It really, really does give an amazing effect, and that’s why I call the style Carnivale, because it’s just like a carnival on the canvas. That’s the first thing that came to me when I created. What will I call this Art work and that was the only name I could come up with. (Graeme) So people can come along and do this with you and you supply everything. (Glenn) Yep, yep, they can come and you can do it individually one on one. You can come with a couple of friends and all do one yourself. I have a lot of husband and wives couples come in. It’s just something I’ve developed and like to pass on to save you going through all the hassle of trying to work out how to do it, I do it step by step for you. (Graeme) That’s fantastic. (Glenn) There you go, that’s a complete Art work created for you very quickly. When that’s dry, we’ll take a nice photo of it so you can see it properly with all full detail. (Graeme) That’s fantastic. (Glenn) So I hope you enjoyed that, Graeme. (Graeme) That’s wonderful. So, well lets now move onto the galaxy one which I think is going to be just as fascinating as what we’ve just seen here. (Glenn) Totally different, but just as much fun. (Graeme) Fantastic. (Graeme) Okay, Glen your Galaxy Series, and these are pretty impressive looking pieces of work – they’re fantastic in fact. So how do we go about putting one of these together? (Glenn) Well, they’re all created just fluid paint on fluid paint. We’re using different thicknesses of paint and consistencies of paint. We mix them together and one will react different with the other. Right, well I’m going to mix up a few paints. The color here is a Viridian Green. (Graeme) Okay. (Glenn) I’m using blue, we’re gonna be using all in the blue-green tints and tones. Just put a bit of water in this one and give it a good mix. You want to make sure it’s mixed up really well. We just pour some on and then we’ll add a little bit of white into that. A little bit of blue. And this is where the paints do all the work. I’m just going to tilt it backwards and forwards and let them mix in. Now this one I’m going to make it run across over here, so it’ll be tilting over that way and the faster I tilt it – if I tilt it faster you’ll get it running with little arms like this. You can do the whole canvas if you want to in one go (Graeme) Yep. (Glenn) and then keep adding colors. But this one I’m going to create a bit of an interesting shape to the actual Art work. If I want to close this one over here, it’s not doing it by itself, so I just close that over with my fingers. And just by doing that by mixing the paints as well, and it’ll make it run more solid. This looks very interesting now and very exciting, but don’t get your hopes up that that’s gonna stay the same cause it won’t. Every time we tilt the canvas this is going to change, so as we’re building it, the Art work keeps changing, and by the end of it this will look different to what it started off with now. So don’t get upset and think that’s got to stay the same. If you want that to stay the same you’ve got to let it dry, then you do another one over the top, so you can work that way as well. But we’re going to do a complete Art work and just run it through. (Graeme) Now you’ve done some like quite large pieces. You know, these are still reasonable size canvases, but a lot of he commission work you’ve done, I mean you’ve done a couple of pieces eight point five meters long (Glenn) Yeah, yeah. (Graeme) for restaurants, Board of Directors rooms. (Glenn) I love doing the big canvases. One of the things with the abstract Art work and eveyone who comes to do a lesson, or people overseas and whoever doing the downloads, most people are afraid to go even to a canvas this big. To me, this is one of the smallest canvases I ever work on. To create this Art work on this canvas size is much easier than creating it on an Art work this big. So the smaller you go the more fine detail you’ve got to have into it, so abstract usually are simpler and easier to do the bigger you go. I’m going to put this little bit of sandy color in now. That was just by doing a bit of yellow ocher, a very small bit of brown, and some white, so it will give it more of a beachy feel. And I’ve just run a little bit down along there as well. (Graeme) It’s not the sort of thing you want to be too precious about your floor with either. (Glenn) No, no I should have said something about that. You need to put something to protect your floor. I’m working in my studio, and my studio’s just a mess. As Graeme will say, there’s gallons of paint on the floor in here. So please, yeah – protect your floor. (Graeme) Actually from above when you look at it, it actually looks like a picture out of the Great Barrier Reef with sandy rivers flowing down to a (Glenn) Yeah. (Graeme) shore line somewhere. (Glenn) Yeah, you can get an amazing effects. As I say, you don’t really know what they’re going to look like when they’re finished, but some of them you just stare into them and you just … People see all sorts of things into them. (Graeme) Yeah. Well apart from doing these really huge pieces as well, Glenn is that you do also in-house work as well with people (Glenn) Yeah. (Graeme) designing Art work for their home. (Glenn) Yeah, yeah I’ll go in home to people, All the time I do this where I’ll go to their home cause when they come to the studio there’s just Art works everywhere, and it’s almost impossible to sort out what’s going to look good in the right space and the right size. So I’ll go to their home and we’ll measure the right size so it frames properly on the wall or the space it’s got to go on, and then we’ll work the design out, and colors and everything so it’s exactly what they want in their home. We’re going to just continue on in the same process, you can make whatever shape you want in your Art work, that’s up to you, and sometimes the paint will take you in a direction you had no intention of going. I want this one to look a little bit different so we’ll run it right out and get some interesting shapes happening on that side. So the patterns just keep on evolving and that’s why I love the Galaxy Series, because every Art work just is really interesting to work with. (Graeme) Now the beauty about all of this is that you’ve got twenty-two individual Art lessons that people can take on your website. They can download them or order the DVD’s, but all of this information can be seen literally through your website. What is your website address, mate? (Glenn) www dot art fusion productions dot com dot au. (Graeme) Art fusion productions dot com dot au. (Glenn) That’s right. (Graeme) So I would suggest you guys go in there because there is some fascinating techniques. (Glenn) All step by step. (Graeme) You wouldn’t get board in there I know that much. (Glenn) No. No, well what we find is that people might buy one to experiment, and then they come back and buy another, and another, and another, because they have fun doing one and they can’t wait to do the next one. (Graeme) Yeah, I can see why. (Glenn) As you see, each time we move it we’re creating a different look to the Art work. See by just – it’s all moving and making it’s own patterns. But as I said, if you wanted this one to stay as it was, you would let that dry off, then you can do another arm. And then another arm, or you can go like we’ve done here and just keep on going and see where it ends up. So there you go, Graeme. What do you think? (Graeme) Incredible stuff, mate, absolutely. You know, it’s sort of like looking into another world – just one section of it. It’s like looking into another world; it’s a painting within a painting. (Glenn) Yeah. (Graeme) It’s amazing. (Glenn) Well when this is dry we’ll be able to photograph it properly, and when you zoom in on it you’ll see all different things in different areas. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) And that’s the fun part about these Art works, people come and look at them and everyone sees something different in them. (Graeme) Yeah. (Glenn) So they’re an interesting Art work as well, not just good, exciting to look at. And people come in and see all sorts of shapes, and it’s great fun when people walk into the studio and say “oh, I can see a whale in that.” You know, I’ve never seen it but they see it straight away, so yeah, it’s good fun. (Graeme) Great fun, it really is. (Glenn) It’s really experimental. (Graeme) Okay, Glen, fantastic day. Thank you, pal. (Glenn) Thank you for coming, it’s been great. (Graeme) It was amazing and you know, we got two for the price of one today which is pretty fantastic. But as you can see, so much fun and so interesting as well. It was an absolute pleasure to be with you today. Now as we said before, you’ve got twenty-two lessons on your website. (Glenn) That’s right, yep. Yep, twenty-two. (Graeme) Go in there, guys cause there’s some fascinating stuff that Glenn does, and have a look at his website. He’s got Art competitions going on in there, huge community, a very successful man at what he does. So, and I think Glenn really knows the Art of selling Art and being an Artist, but doing it as a business man as well. So he’s, if you want some questions go and ask him as well. (Glenn) I’m more than happy to answer questions. (Graeme) Absolutely. (Glenn) I’m only an E-mail away. (Graeme) And your website? (Glenn) Art fusion productions dot com dot au. (Graeme) Fantastic studio and fantastic studio here in Annandale, in Parammatta Road, so come down and see the guys down here as well. We’re gonna head off, we had a great time in Sydney again. Come to colour in your life dot com dot au, and obviously our Facebook page and YouTube as well. But until we see you guys again – remember – as always: make sure you put some color in your life. And? (Glenn) Happy painting. (Graeme) See you guys. Bye now. See you.

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