Painting dots… lots of dots

June 2, 2010 at 10:03 am 4 comments

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, I know.

Here’s what I’m up to these days:

Due to the popularity of paintings like this one, I’m focusing on painting more like it.

People often ask how I paint all those little perfectly-round dots on my abstract paintings. This is how: by hand, one dot at a time, using a small round brush dipped into fluid acrylic paint. The painting lies flat so the drops of paint don’t run. It’s a slow, contemplative process.

And yes, I do need to be very careful not to let my hand or sleeve smudge the wet dots. Fortunately I’m good at being careful. I haven’t smudged one yet! (Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that.)


Entry filed under: Abstract, Acrylic, Painting, Process.

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  • 1. Vishinsky Designs  |  June 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I painted a portrait out of thousands of dots in rows of different sizes. I used a different technique though. I like how yours are coming out.

  • 2. Jeni Bate  |  June 3, 2010 at 7:13 am

    It would be interesting to see the background of one of your dot paintings before the dots get added.

  • 3. barbarajcarter  |  June 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Vishinsky!

    What, Jeni, you want me to reveal ALL of my secrets? 😉

  • 4. Diehl Art Gallery  |  June 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Very interesting painting and technique! All the best!

Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

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