Fluid Art

Express yourself. Make your mark.

Join me for a five-session fluid art exploration.

Make art. Have fun. Find your flow.

Expressing yourself — making your mark — is a dance. Creativity flows through you.

Your body knows what to do. So does the paint.

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$149 $75

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Welcome to fluid art — the most forgiving, fun, and freeing art form I’ve found.

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    Forgiving

    The marks you make are completely up for grabs, so you can’t do it wrong.

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    Fun

    You get to make it up as you go (mostly).

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    Freeing

    Immerse yourself in moments of spontaneity, magic, and wonder.

Ready to play more at your art table?

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Are you a fluid artist sometimes frustrated trying to get it right?

Are you itching to get your hands in the paint but don’t know how to start?

Are you ready to find, express — unleash! — your unique vision?

Make your mark.
Have fun.
Express yourself.

Michael NeillIf you’ve always thought that great art looks like magic, Sue Kearney’s friendly introduction to the world of “fluid art” will show you the method behind the magic and give you everything you need to start creating magic of your own!

Go for it.

Brighten your world with magnificent, bold, audacious, and beautiful images.

Come play with me.

Art didn’t become play for me until recently.

flow and fluidityIt’s hard to feel inspired, playful, fearless when you’re all up in your head.

I struggled to find my art form for decades. I tried copying styles and practicing what I thought I saw. While I learned some useful skills, I wasn’t having much in the way of fun. I was trying hard, and my work was tight. Effort made me tight, and my art showed it.

I thought I was getting somewhere, but no matter what skills I acquired, the struggle to do it better persisted. I thought I’d get there by mastering technique. Get there? Where exactly? Hard to feel like I’m having fun when I’m busy measuring myself against a completely made-up set of standards.

Turned out I had to look in a different direction.

Something kept moving my bones. This is the big story of my life. I didn’t know it, but something kept moving me towards a lighter life. Despite a fair share of trauma, cult and ritual abuse, and addiction, something in me saw the holes in the stories I made up about hopelessness, etc.

I’ve been studying with provocative teachers who show me how to get over and through my own built-by-me barricades into different ways of experiencing and expressing creativity, purpose, and inspiration.

I’m not getting in my own way as often, and when I do I don’t hang out there as long. As I let go of my made-up standards that keep me from enjoying what I’m called to make, I’m experiencing and even expecting joy and appreciation in everything I do — more playful, less fraught. I’m less concerned with my busy mind and its endless parade of commentary: How I feel about myself, my prospects, my clients, my work, my age, my health, what and how I create, and how I make art.

Freedom. That’s what I’m here to share with you. We’ll look at it through the gift of this so-much-freaking-fun medium, and then — bonus! — that lighter way of being and seeing will start sticking with you even after you’ve left the art table.

I began to see art, mark-making, and expression in a whole new way.

Sometime in 2019, I started pouring acrylic paint. No surprise I’d find my way to this art form — I was looking for spontaneity and artistic freedom but I just didn’t know it yet!

flow and fluidityI may never be much of a representational painter. Working with my hands, I move with the paint and make my mark with absolutely no idea what it’ll look like in advance.

The entire process of fluid art–making is a therapeutic counterpoint to my training — making precise computer-generated art. I’m a forever graphic designer and can refine size, shape, position, and color with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I can take technically proficient photos, and then manipulate their color, shape, and composition on a screen. One pixel at a time. Clean and consistent.

And then, I can get up, literally turn my back on the workstation (my art table is behind me when I’m at my computer), move my body, and get my hands in the paint. Entirely different ways of planning and executing come through me (making new neural pathways). When I stand and move (which is exactly what a deskbound body like mine needs), a different set of new and unexpected creations ensue. Delight and bliss.

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$149 $75

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I’m here to share the freedom — and fun — of fluid art with you.

My techniques and skills keep evolving. Yours will too.

I’m here to help you set yourself free.

Play more. Mix techniques, try different tools, experiment.

  • Follow the artists whose freedom and techniques inspire you, both in the studio and in their approach to life.
  • Experiment — just for fun, just because — without worrying about the results. You’ll learn from every piece.
  • And you’ll have so much f*cking fun!

I’m delighted to invite you into my sacred creative circle. Make more pleasing art and enjoy what comes to and through you more and more.

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Embrace fluidity and flow.
See differently. Have a ton of fun.

Immerse yourself in a space of no judgement, a space where you’re invited to express yourself.

All those standards that have you thinking you can’t? You made them up. We all do.

C’mon in and leave your made-up standards at the door.

(You can always pick them up again on the way out.)

Check out what Sharon Rosen said!

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A little technique, a lot of freedom and fun.

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    Feel confident and free to express your creative voice and vision.

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    Trust your inner guidance. Experiment, try sh*t, develop your technique as you say “Yes!” to that inner “What if?”

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    Have fun all the way through: from mixing paint and choosing colors to deciding when a piece is done.

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    Rock your ingenuity and curiosity. Explore. It’s easy once you drop those standards and relax. Playful experimentation is key; I’ll show you.

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    Learn how to recognize the temptation to overwork something that may be just fine already. Find the sweet spot between not enough and too much.

Join me for five explorations of flow, freedom, and fun with fluid art.

  • I’ll do a deep dive into my personal take on fluid abstract art and how I got here.
  • You’ll get a studio tour — I’ll show you all my tools (store-bought and made by me).
  • I’ll share how-I-do-it videos of my favorite techniques, including those I’ve made up!
  • And you’ll get my best tips on going with the flow and being a Yes! to inspiration.

Special “creation mode” pricing

$149 $75

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This course is for you if:

You want to have more fun throughout the entire creation process, not just when you’re mesmerized watching the paint in motion.


You’re ready to play more in that magical space of “What if?” 


You’d like to follow your inner guidance, put the rules on a shelf, and respond to that inner “What if?” You’ll likely learn something, and hey, it’s only paint.

You feel the creative force and you’re ready to own it
, practice for the fun of it, and please yourself first.

This course is perfect for you if:

You’re ready to step into flow in entirely new ways. Feel moved, surprised, and delighted by the energy of creation moving through you.

You feel called to step into your art form as a practice. This is such a juicy space. Come walk, come play, come dance with me.

You’re wondering what’s beyond mastering techniques... Yeah! Me too. Let’s stop thinking and master free-flowing creative expression instead, together.

This program’s not for you if:

You just want to copy me. Big mistake. My skill, desire, and vision are changing all the time.

You want to master a certain technique or style. I’ll teach you what I know about my favorite techniques, including some I’ve apparently made up. What will you create when you’re in flow?

You’re a perfectionist and you wanna stay that way. This is a perfection-free zone. Every oops moment, each mistake, is a gift.

What’s it like to learn from me?

  • I’m your companion — you’re not on the journey alone.
  • I’m intuitive, witchy, curious, and persistent.
  • I’m committed to helping you stand in and create from your freest, most playful self.
  • You’ll have a reliably better time every time you sit down to create.
  • You’ll lighten up and have more fun!

When you’re present, feeling connected to movement and flow, the art you make has life; it’s compelling.

Special “creation mode” pricing

$149 $75

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What you’ll get

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    A new sense of flow and freedom, movement and fun in your fluid art

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    Appreciation for depth and dimension in color and form

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    Less attachment to outcomes, freeing you up to try sh*t

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    12-month access (at least!) to the course videos and files.

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    Behind-the-scenes look at making art in a tiny studio. It can be done!

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    A look at my favorite tools and techniques

Make your mark just because.

Van Gogh said, “It’s so beautiful; I must show you how it looks.”

Here’s what we’ll explore together:

Fluid art: Express yourself | Make your mark

  • Welcome video: Come see how this art form can help you get out of your head and find flow in new and unexpected ways.
  • Essentials and Beyond Checklist: Everything I use and where to get it. This handy printable pdf checklist will help you easily source what you don’t already have on hand. You’ll learn how to check your own cupboards first before shopping (including your bathroom and pantry) and how to keep costs down. (Helpful purchase links included.)
  • Making your mark. Expressing yourself. I’ll set you off on your journey with some thoughts on what mark-making is and what’s available and on offer for you as you get ready to dive in.

Moving paint with air, chains, and beads

  • Explore the many stunning ways your colors can interact. A deep dive into my favorite techniques: Using your breath (or your hair dryer) and dragging chains and beads of all sizes.
  • Lovely alone. Amazing together.

Fluid art collage(!)

  • Collage with paint you’ve poured! (And you don’t have to tear apart a canvas to do it.) You can pour on all kinds of paper and get amazing results. I'll show you how.
  • Learn how to make a DIY stand that lets you pour on paper. Once you’ve built yourself a stand, you can pour on all kinds of substrates which you can then cut apart and reassemble.

Layers — depth and dimension

  • You can pour over a brushed background, or over another pour, and see the background through the new layer(s). Yup. Easy. I made it up. Come learn.
  • Go deep.

My absolute favorites — alone or in combination

Moving paint with breath and air. Magical shapes result when you get the paint moving with air. I use a hair dryer or a straw.

Moving paint with beads and chains. More magic happens when you move the paint with beads and stainless steel chains in a variety of sizes.

Layering, depth, and dimension — painting over brushed backgrounds, adding layers you can see through

Collage — make layered artwork from pieces of acrylic skins and poured paper/canvas

Special “creation mode” pricing

$149 $75

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Jenny Wilde says:

flow and fluidity Jenny WildeSue is a passionate artist who teaches with skill and humor.

I appreciate her organic approach to making and creating, and her ability to surrender to flow in the art process.

I love working with Sue and learning from her!

FAQs

Isn’t fluid art an expensive hobby? How much will I have to spend to try the stuff you show me in this course?

Depends on what you’ve got lying around. My best buying and sourcing tips are included in the first module.

Honestly, it’s easy to lust after and want to buy paint and tools. More! Cool! New! I know.

You can keep costs down. I’ll show you how I do it. Try my tips, try what occurs to you. This is a great art form for:

  • Being intentional about your spending — You can have great results with fluid abstract art without spending a ton of cash.
  • Rocking your re-using smarts and your frugality — I never shopped the Dollar Store before; now it’s often the first place I look for desired tools (cups, bottles, stirrers, sticks, more).
  • Being inventive — learn how you might repurpose tools and gadgets you already own for your art before buying something new.

I’ll share all my DIY and money-saving tips with you.

Here's a clip from the first course module where I show you how to get started — supplies-wise — even if you've never painted before.

You’ve mentioned mastery, yet you keep talking about art being an ongoing process/learning. What’s mastery here?

Great question.

Here’s the mastery I’m exploring.

  • Mastery over the habitual ways you see yourself: starting with your ability to learn, your talent, blah blah...
  • Mastery over your typical responses to things not going the way you thought they could/should/ought.
  • Mastery over fear of trying something new, asking for help, or otherwise stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Mastery over your vanity. Ditching the idea that anyone’s opinion should influence what you do next. Ditching the idea that opinions about you (even — maybe especially — yours) even matter.
How do I know if my work’s good enough? How to decide if a piece is good enough to keep or sell?

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LOL. Sometimes I get surprised, and it’s apparently true that there’s no accounting for tastes. Much to my surprise a canvas (pictured)  I thought should be tossed because I’d gone too far (the word garish came to my mind) turned out to sell effortlessly.

I’ve also found that my opinion of a piece changes over time. I’ve learned to hang a canvas for a while before deciding whether to offer it to the world in its current form.

Canvas is forgiving, and can be painted over and over again. Which is a great way to save money, and a great benefit for those of us with limited storage space. Bonus: When you add new paint to a previously painted canvas, you start playing in that wonderful realm of show-through, depth, and dimension (which we’ll explore in one of the course modules).

Here’s a juicy observation: I can look at a fresh painting of mine and see only flaws and immediately want to paint it over. Then, a day or a week later, this painting may look entirely more lovely and sales-worthy to me. Apparently, there’s flow in how I see my work as well as in how I create my work.

Special “creation mode” pricing

$149 $75

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