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Susan Knowles

Art By S Knowles Gallery

"DEMO of a resin colored with mica powders Sunday 6/28 at 1:30 pm CST. Process and products explained and painting completed via Zoom."

I am in my “second act” creating one-of-a kind resin and acrylic pour and design paintings. My customers own an exclusive, original painting – each with a signed and sealed Certificate of Authenticity. As a logic nerd and natural debater, I obtained a Juris Doctor Degree with high honors and practiced law with law firms and corporations for over 25 years. Although my “left-brain” analytical...

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... nature drove my professional career, I found joy in exploring “right-brain” creative projects – interior decorating, art collecting, antiquing, cross stitching, gourmet cooking, colorful clothing, wild shoes, and “bling” accessories. As a life-long enthusiast of multiple art forms, I decided to create my own treasures. With no formal training and self-taught skills, I have mastered unique techniques and produce original paintings with high-quality materials.

I vow to never devalue my artwork with prints, lithographs, giclées, or other duplication methods – documented in the Certificate of Authenticity included with each painting. I designed a unique Certificate of Authenticity and hand write the information about your painting, sign, date, and place a round, silver seal which I emboss with a notary-like tool that provides raised lettering: “Art by S. Knowles < SEAL > Authentication.” Each purchase also includes an anodized aluminum tag in either gold or silver engraved with “Susan Lynn Knowles, Art by S. Knowles.” The tag may be placed on a frame or a wood plaque below your painting to give it a “museum-like” identification. Samples of a Certificate of Authentication and Tag are provided on my Gallery page.

My resin paintings capitalize on the intense depth and superior, glossy sheen of working with epoxy resin and colored Mica powders. In production, these works are a sticky mess, but worth the challenge and beautiful end product. My fluid pouring acrylic artwork showcases my passion for amazing color combinations and provides mysterious textures, cell formations, and earthy designs often mistaken for marble or granite. Details on my process and technique are provided below.

Substrate: For a resin painting, I use a high-quality wood panel made of cradled birch. Gesso board is sometimes used for smaller pieces. Both provide a smooth, non-sagging surface that can support the resin’s weight. For acrylic paintings, I use a high-quality canvas or gesso board.

Priming: Gesso prepares the surface for painting. For resin work, this seal is critical on a wood substrate to prevent off-gases that would create bubbles in the resin. Depending on my selected colors and intended result, I use white, black, or clear gesso.

Color Selection: I spend significant time selecting the mica powders or acrylic paints for each painting. For resin paintings, I use mica powders to color the resin. Mica is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with naturally shiny flakes which are sterilized and ground into fine particles. These powders provide a metallic or shimmery, pearl-like effect. When mixed with epoxy resin, mica powders produce amazing color, mysterious depth, and exceptional luminescence. For acrylic paintings, many of my acrylic colors are metallic or iridescent.

Resin Preparation: For resin, the underside edges of the substrate are covered with electrical tape so that the drips that collect on the bottom will easily pull off with the tape. Any remaining drips are removed with a heat gun and “shovel” attachment. Resin is self-leveling, so a resin painting must cure on a completely level surface. The curing area is prepared in advance of painting with underlying parchment paper to collect inevitable drips. The substrate is elevated with artist pyramids and meticulously leveled in all directions using paper or index cards of various thicknesses.

Resin Product: I use artist-grade resin made by ArtResin. It contains a proprietary blend of UV light stabilization and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS) to ensure it stays clear and does not yellow long term.

Acrylic Product: I use a mix of Floetrol, artist-grade acrylic paints, gloss medium, and a very small amount of reverse-osmosis water to obtain the desired consistency for pouring. Once paint is well mixed, I very gently fold into each cup a small amount of cosmetic-grade dimethicone. Its use increases the number of cells – the beautiful circles and ovals that create a unique texture and mysterious results, often mistaken for marble or granite.

Resin Process: One-to-one parts of epoxy resin and hardener are slowly and gently mixed together for 3 minutes. Once the resin and hardener are poured into the same cup, the chemical hardening process starts, and I have 40 minutes to complete the painting – the working time before curing starts and the resin becomes too stiff to manipulate or torch. Mixed resin is poured into cups – one for each color in the painting. Mica powders are then used to color the resin. Each cup takes about three minutes to gently but fully mix the mica powder into the resin. Once all resin colors are mixed, precious little time remains to do the painting - a challenge I enjoy. I paint with the different colors of resin. Generally, the resin colors are poured, finger-painted, dripped, applied or manipulated with craft sticks or other items with sweeping or decorative motions. The substrate may be tilted at various degrees and angles to achieve a desired look. Regularly, resin colors are reserved for targeted application in the latter stages of painting. Because resin is so sticky, I go through numerous pairs of nitrile gloves – “wardrobe changes.”

Acrylic Process: Most of my acrylic fluid paintings use a “dirty-cup” pour: I pour paint from each cup color into one or more larger cups with variations in pouring height, volume of paint, pouring pace and style, mixing technique, number of layers, and other alternatives. Generally, I pour directly onto the substrate in a desired pattern. Often during the painting process, the substrate is tilted at various angles and degrees to achieve a desired result. A small amount of each acrylic color is reserved for targeted application during the painting process.

Torching: At the end of the painting process, I use a propane torch, sweeping the flame directly over the painting surface. For resin, the flame removes bubbles, burns off any tiny dust particles that may have landed, and provides a magical clearing and glass-like finish. For acrylic, the flame evokes and further develops cells.

Curing: For resin, a cardboard cover is placed over a painting-in-cure to protect it from air-borne particles. Even a slight difference in leveling results in the resin slowly moving to the low point. So, during the first hour, I check the painting frequently for drips and adjust leveling accordingly. Resin work takes at least 5 days to fully cure. For acrylic work, the drying time is 2 to 4 days, depending on the paint thickness.

Finish: For resin, once it cures, the painting is complete and signed. No sealant or other product is applied. The amazingly shiny surface is simply the cured, colored resin. For acrylic, a complete cure of about 15-20 days is needed before applying any satin or semi-gloss protective finish and signature.

Please enjoy my work!

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Crimson Tide 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$365.00

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Smoky Topaz Burst 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$195.00

 
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Crimson Streams 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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Gold Lily 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$185.00

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Bronze Magic 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$165.00

 
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Verde Awakening 11 x 14 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$445.00

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It's Electric 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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Vibrant Star 6 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$250.00

 
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Double Slide 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$185.00

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Deep Sapphire Lily 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$450.00

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Bubbles in Aqua 10 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$195.00

 
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Ocean Bubbles 11 x 14 inches Oval
Paintings: Acrylic
$250.00

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Starburst in Turquoise 8 x 8...
Paintings: Acrylic
$165.00

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Deep Gold River 6 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$185.00

 
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Moss in Action 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$365.00

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The Crane 14 x 14 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$310.00

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Hidden Figures 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$450.00

 
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Ocean View 16 inch Round
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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Disjointed Intrigue 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$195.00

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Peridot Waterfall 10 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$240.00

 
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Centered Intensity 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$195.00

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Peridot Twist 11 x 14 inches Oval
Paintings: Acrylic
$230.00

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Linear Balance 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$125.00

 
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Peridot Snowcaps 11 x 14 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$230.00

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Long and Winding Road 10 x 20...
Paintings: Acrylic
$345.00

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24K Chocolate 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$225.00

 
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Starburst in Moss 8 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$165.00

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Off-Shore Reef 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$115.00

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Deep Crimson 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$230.00

 
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Verde Burst 10 x 8 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$225.00

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Intense Striations 14 x 11 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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SOLD Vibrant Blast 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

 
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Surge in Sage 24 x 18 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$700.00

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Pulse Vibrations 11 x 14 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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Vibrant Nova 16 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$975.00

 
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Sapphire Opal Currents 12 x 12...
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

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Lavender Bloom 11 x 14 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$450.00

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Solar Effects 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$360.00

 
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Shadows of Red 8 x 10 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$195.00

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Inferno Concentration 20 x 16...
Paintings: Acrylic
$520.00

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Colorful Life Curves Diptych 20...
Paintings: Acrylic
$975.00

 
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Spike of Intrigue 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Juxtaposed in Inferno 24 x 18...
Paintings: Acrylic
$650.00

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Single Black Flower 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$210.00

 
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The Touch 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

Medium meteor magic.2019

Meteor Magic 20 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$625.00

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Inferno in Hand 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$700.00

 
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Tornado 20 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$875.00

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Shimmering Falls 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$650.00

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Falling Funnel 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

 
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Universal Faces 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Midnight Streams 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Leaping Flicker 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

 
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Ocean Surges 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$520.00

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Butterscotch Beckoning 12 x 12...
Paintings: Acrylic
$210.00

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Turquoise Stream 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

 
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Webs of Mystique 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$800.00

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Passion Pink Daffodil 16 x 16...
Paintings: Acrylic
$700.00

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Amethyst Amaryllis 12 x 18 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$580.00

 
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Aqua Lily 16 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$690.00

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Simply Beautiful 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$880.00

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Turquoise Torrent 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

 
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Curves in the Road 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$800.00

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Colorful Winding Road 18 x 24...
Paintings: Acrylic
$1170.00

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Azure Rhapsody 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$1100.00

 
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Flames in Vibrant Bronze 24 x...
Paintings: Acrylic
$1075.00

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Charcoal Bursts 12 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Gold Shadows Reversible Diptych...
Paintings: Acrylic
$1015.00

 
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Rainbow Waves Diptych 24 x 48...
Paintings: Acrylic
$1430.00

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Showcasing Versatility 20 x 16...
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Emergence 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$690.00

 
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Good Vibrations II 10 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Reaching Forest 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$800.00

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Arching Fire and Ice 16 x 20...
Paintings: Acrylic
$800.00

 
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Rising Fire and Ice 18 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$550.00

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Copper Striations 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$700.00

 
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Field of Shoots 12 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Universal Turmoil 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$650.00

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Emerald Tempest 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$650.00

 
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Aquatic Circle of Life 24 x 18...
Paintings: Acrylic
$650.00

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Ocean Currents 20 x 16 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$520.00

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Inca Gold Stretch 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

 
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Peridot Craters 18 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$620.00

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Azure Drifting 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

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Inca Gold Bridge 16 x 20 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$490.00

 
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Emerald Surge 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

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Crooked Tree 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

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Inca Gold In Check 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

 
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Universal Eye 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$425.00

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Purposeful Spill 12 x 24 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$445.00

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Resurgence 16 x 20 inches Oval
Paintings: Acrylic
$520.00

 
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Complexity 16 x 20 inches Oval
Paintings: Acrylic
$480.00

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Centered 16 x 20 inches Oval
Paintings: Acrylic
$520.00

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Sage Network 16 inch Round
Paintings: Acrylic
$390.00

 
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Peridot Night 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$210.00

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Talon In Sage 12 inch Round
Paintings: Acrylic
$250.00

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Peridot Frost 14 x 14 inches...
Paintings: Acrylic
$310.00

 
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Tailing Tangents 12 x 12 inches
Paintings: Acrylic
$210.00

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Certificate of Authenticity -...
Paintings: Acrylic
$0.00

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Engraved, Anodized Aluminum Tag...
Paintings: Acrylic
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