If you've ever watched an artist create a "blob" painting, you might agree it is absolutely mesmerizing. How do they get those perfect circular shapes? How do they know just how much paint to apply? Technique is everything. And in this art form, like many others, color combinations are also essential. Colors dance on the surface, side by side in harmony, and are often layered vertically, in a 3-dimensional delight! So yes, it's impressive on many levels.
We have enjoyed watching this art form--on canvases, rocks and other mediums (MDF board!)--and truly love the work of Jenny Furst (Furst Art Studio). She is an absolute Master (rock star) when it comes to this technique and her incredible color combos.
Jenny is multi-talented, as are many of the Masters we are featuring, and while you'll see a nice range of work on her social channels, she has without question created magic in the form of small (and large) circles of paint. It's a pleasure to watch her work. She's also just a great human being!
We hope you enjoy this interview, and please check out her amazing art! (Instagram @furstartstudio)
What got you into fluid art?
I had dabbled in acrylic painting for years, landscape paintings to be exact, and I started to take notice of acrylic pouring and couldn’t wait to try it. I got bored quickly and didn’t think I was very good at it, although I still enjoy it from time to time.
My passion came into play in July of 2020 when we were locked down for Covid. I saw a bottle sitting in my studio and put paint and floetrol in it and started making dot paintings. The dots flattened out so I started experimenting with different mediums until I found the right one that had height when dried and didn’t crack. That product was mod podge and I didn’t know then the impact that product would have on my future and couldn’t be more grateful.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspired by the process of planning and creating an art piece, recording it and sharing it for others to enjoy and for them to get inspired from. I try to think outside the box and get creative in ways that I have not seen before. It’s exciting to see reactions and get feedback from others.
What is your favorite part of the process?
Getting in my studio, turning off the world, turning on the lights and camera and getting into the zone of doing dots and blobs. I love the concentration that it takes to get every dot perfectly round and love the challenge that it takes to get the paint recipe perfectly thick and lush.
Do you have a least favorite part of the process?
Waiting for the paint to dry and cure. After I have done a painting, it takes anywhere from 1-3 days for the paint to dry. Small dots dry rather quickly from same day to overnight, whereas, the largest blob I have done was 3.5 ounces of blob paint and it took 3 days to dry. From there it takes 4 weeks for it to cure. It’s all worth the wait.
What advice would you give to new or upcoming artists?
My advice would be to go for it. Don’t delay. Don’t be afraid. Dive in with everything you’ve got. Find tutorials, watch videos, get inspired, experiment. You will make mistakes. Mistakes are what make you better in the end. Grow from it and improve with every painting.
Check out Jenny's work for more ideas and inspiration: