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Three tips for getting inside intermixability from artist Darragh Powell

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In an increasingly digital world, it can be easy to forget that for most of our planet, nature has the upper hand.

France-based artist Darragh Powell is interested in man’s relationship with the paradoxically imposing yet delicate natural world. To him, beauty is most saturated in the locations that man has forgotten. Intermixably using Liquitex acrylic paints, inks and other media, Powell immerses his viewers in a space where nature dominates.

Cinema, music and literature give him the inspiration to transform his ideas into artworks. During his Master’s degree at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Clermont-Ferrand, Powell combined painting and video to create installation pieces. He moved on to make designs at Monaco School of Art, and separately in collaboration with the Monte Carlo Ballet. This multimedia training ground provided the foundation for what his artwork is now: his paintings are like movie stills, “cinematic snapshots of what may be real, of what may have been, of what may become,” as put by his London-based representation at Curious Duke Gallery.

An advocate of intermixable painting, Powell provides his top three tips for working with two or more products from the Liquitex range.

Choose a challenging subject


“At the moment, I’m getting most enjoyment from painting landscapes. I love getting out into nature and losing myself in it. The good thing about working with an intermixable paint range is that you can fully embrace landscapes without compromise. If I’m working with a melting, sunset sky, I can create a Liquitex Professional Ink wash as the background and use Heavy Body on more defined objects in the foreground, without fear of the painting cracking over time. I think this is going to be a real help in my new CinemAlarm series, where I’ll be juxtaposing film quotes onto landscapes.”

Liquitex Tip: Capture scenes with many different textures by incorporating different mediums designed to work together. Explore the Liquitex Professional Mediums range to discover which addition to your toolkit will work for you.

 Liquitex Professional Mediums


Test out different paint combinations


“Over a long period of time during my education and, latterly, my career as an artist, I’ve made sure I’m constantly experimenting with mixing different media. Using the Liquitex range, sometimes it just feels better to do certain parts with inks, and other parts with acrylic paints. Different materials have different advantages, like opacity or just drying time, so getting to know them through experimentation is key.”

Liquitex Tip: The chemists at Liquitex Labs have developed a unique formula and testing process to ensure your paints, sprays and inks work seamlessly together. The paints are developed with maximum compatibility in mind, so take advantage by experimenting with a combination you’ve not tried before.


Decide upon a role for each paint  


“Once you know how the paints work together, in varying intensities and on varying surfaces, see how each can best contribute to your composition. I’ve started using more and more Liquitex Professional Spray Paint for backgrounds – particularly the skies in my Ravens series, pictured here – and to add finishing effects. I’ve also got an ever-increasing collection of Liquitex Professional Paint Markers, which are great for accentuating certain details and adding last minute touches to a piece.”

Liquitex tip: Make notes in your sketchbook of how each paint works best for your style. Click here to see how the full Liquitex range can be used in conjunction with the same canvas without fear of cracking or spoiling, so you can achieve your strongest results.


Visit our home of Intermixability online for videos and tips from top artists about how to push creative boundaries in your practice.

August 18, 2015 < Back To News

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