Artist Spotlight: Pattie Lear

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Artist Spotlight: Pattie Lear | Let’s Pour with Pattie

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Artist: Pattie Lear | Let’s Pour with Pattie

Hometown: Erie, PA
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Can you tell us a bit about your background as an artist? How did you first get started with paint pouring?

I have taken a few classes in college in ceramics and photography, which I loved, but nothing has ever affected me like flow art. I kind of fell into it. About 9 months ago, my daughter suggested we try acrylic paint pouring. I went and purchased a bunch of starter supplies, and my 2 daughters and 2 of my grandkids all had a night of fun pouring paint, and we had some pretty cool results. I was hooked immediately, and I haven’t looked back ever since. I am mostly YouTube taught. 

What draws you to the medium of paint pouring? What do you enjoy most about it?

 I love the beauty of fluid art. It’s not as easy as it may look, yet it can be an activity for all to join in on. What I enjoy the most about it is the variety of techniques available and learning how to do them. 

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Describe your creative process when approaching a new paint pouring project. Do you plan your compositions in advance, or do you prefer to let the process guide you? 

I get hit with an idea in my head. If I don’t get it out of my head and onto a canvas, and I get hit with more ideas, it can become chaos on the canvas. It’s better if I paint as soon as I can after the idea hits. I have done a few without having a plan. Those times are the most therapeutic. I just go with whatever I can think of on the spot. No pressure to get it right. However, I’m always my toughest critic.

Are there any specific techniques or methods that you frequently use in your paint pouring work? Could you walk us through one of your favorite techniques? 

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My top three favorite techniques are the Shelee Art Bloom Technique, the marble technique, and the swiping technique. But I hope to learn and maybe even master them all one day. I am still learning the ins and outs of the bloom technique, but it’s probably the funnest yet the toughest to do—and the most expensive. 

The Shelee Art Bloom Technique consists of using satin house paint as a pillow paint for your other paints to rest on. Then, I add a puddle of different colors layered on top of one another. How you layer is important. Opaque vs transparent paints and complimentary colors can all affect the outcome of your bloom. Topping it off with a great cell activator and blowing it all out with the proper angle and pressure for the perfect bloom. I’m still trying for that perfect bloom. 

What inspires your artistic style and choice of colors? Are there any particular themes or motifs that recur in your work?

 I would have to say I am mostly inspired by nature. Sunsets, flowers, the ocean, and even stormy skies can be used for inspiration. Personally, I like bright, bold colors. I also love color-shifting paints. Blue and browns, or blue, black, and silver, are also some of my favorite color schemes I’ve done so far. I’m still learning about the color wheel and how to use colors best to enhance each other. 

Can you share a memorable experience or a significant breakthrough moment you’ve had in your paint pouring journey?

What has struck me emotionally the most is how I just fell into fluid art and how quickly it had become my passion and soon to be my business. It’s awesome to finally find your hidden talent. Plus, I am shocked at the confidence I have gained because of my artwork.

I have been a person who has been crippled with anxiety most of my life, worried what others thought of me. But for some reason, at least with my art, I’m ok if it’s not for you. The pressure is off of me, and I’m not sure why. It helps knowing art isn’t for everyone, so it’s ok if my art doesn’t speak to you, it doesn’t have to and I’m ok with that. That was quite the breakthrough for me. 

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How do you overcome creative blocks or challenges when working on a project? 

I walk away and reassess. There are many times that what is in my head does not come out on the canvas. Sometimes, it can be a happy accident, but mostly, it will result in a redo. I never want to be wasteful, but sometimes I just have to scrape my paint, or I let it dry and pour over the painting to save on canvas. When I have a creative block, I like to work on my paint skins (paint left on the table after a pour and used to make jewelry) jewelry or doing blooms or swipes on coasters as a palette cleanser (as I call it), until another idea comes to mind. 

Do you have any favorite tools or materials that you always keep in your paint pouring arsenal? What are they, and why do you love them?

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 My favorite tools are my various palette knives for swiping, my airbrush gun (used solely as a blower), and good cell activators. There’s nothing better than achieving great glowing lacing (lacing that looks like it’s glowing) and peacock cells (cells that have multiple colors inside them). That’s when you know you have a successful painting. 

How do you know when a paint pouring piece is finished? What criteria do you use to evaluate your work? 

Most importantly, when you get enough paint off the canvas to prevent cracking. Which can affect your composition. It’s a tricky balancing act at times. Besides that, it can be tough to know when to stop wrecking or embellishing a painting. Overworking your paints can also lead to muddy paint colors. Sometimes you have to follow the less is more moto. 

What advice would you give to aspiring paint pouring artists who are just starting out? 

Just have fun with it, and try not to be too critical of yourself. Starting small can be helpful, too. Practice many times, and don’t panic if you have to scrape and try again. It happens to us all. Just don’t give up on yourself. And remember, not everyone will like your art, and that’s ok. They don’t have to for you to still be a superstar. 

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Are there any upcoming projects, exhibitions, or collaborations that you’re excited about and would like to share with our readers?

 Besides my weekly videos on YouTube, I am joining in on a collaboration within a Facebook group called KymsKreations next month. Kym is running her first collaboration this month, but I had some health issues and had to take a rain check until the next one. I am currently on the hunt for any local art festival I can set up at this summer. But I haven’t joined any yet. 

Lastly, where can we find more of your work or connect with you online? 

I hope to open an online shop by this summer. It will be either on Facebook Shop or TikTok Shop. For now, you can find me and my art as I create it on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok under the same name: Let’s Pour with Pattie. Come join me on my art journey!

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2 thoughts on “Artist Spotlight: Pattie Lear”

  1. Wow Pattie, bet you were bowled over.
    It’s a great achievement.
    And you deserve to be recognized.
    Well done

    1. Thank you so much, Patricia. I truly was thrilled to be given this opportunity.
      You’re so kind, it means a lot to me.

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