Express yourself. Make your mark.
Make art. Have fun. Find your flow.
Welcome to fluid art — the most forgiving, fun, and freeing art form I’ve found.
The marks you make are completely up for grabs, so you can’t do it wrong.
You get to make it up as you go (mostly).
Immerse yourself in moments of spontaneity, magic, and wonder.
Ready to play more at your art table?
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.
If 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!
Come play with me.
Art didn’t become play for me until recently.
It’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!
I 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.
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.
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.
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.)
A little technique, a lot of freedom and fun.
Feel confident and free to express your creative voice and vision.
Trust your inner guidance. Experiment, try sh*t, develop your technique as you say “Yes!” to that inner “What if?”
Have fun all the way through: from mixing paint and choosing colors to deciding when a piece is done.
Rock your ingenuity and curiosity. Explore. It’s easy once you drop those standards and relax. Playful experimentation is key; I’ll show you.
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.
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.
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.
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?
When you’re present, feeling connected to movement and flow, the art you make has life; it’s compelling.
What you’ll get
A new sense of flow and freedom, movement and fun in your fluid art
Appreciation for depth and dimension in color and form
Less attachment to outcomes, freeing you up to try sh*t
12-month access (at least!) to the course videos and files.
Behind-the-scenes look at making art in a tiny studio. It can be done!
A look at my favorite tools and techniques
Here’s what we’ll explore together:
Fluid art: Express yourself | Make your mark
Moving paint with air, chains, and beads
Fluid art collage(!)
Layers — depth and dimension
Sue 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!
Here’s the mastery I’m exploring.
Depends on what you’ve got lying around. My best buying and sourcing tips are included.
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 share all my DIY and money-saving tips with you.
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.