I searched "contemporary abstract expressionism" in an attempt to find an artist/piece that would help me get ideas for my painting and there were three pieces that I was individually drawn to. I discovered they were all by the same artist.
Kimberly Conrad makes very flowy abstract pieces that have a very watery look to them. Some of the pieces are entirely abstract whereas others clearly depict something (aspens, seascapes, or landscapes) but still, each object portrayed appears like it's flowing.
One struggle with this project is that there are so many different styles I'm drawn to, but I can't shove them all into one painting. This is one style that I really like. I'm a big fan of her color choice and, again, the watery quality. On our tiny canvases, I at one point poured water over the canvas and dropped some of the extremely flowy paint into it. It actually looked rather interesting so I may look into doing that again on my final. I just really love the movement and mood that her pieces give off, and would like to incorporate it into my work somehow (though it doesn't fit my original plan at all. See, so many plans but they can't all work in one piece.)
I believe she does pours on her canvases. She usually then splatters a little bit of paint on top.
http://kimberlyconradfineart.com/collections/58200 Here's where you can view her abstract pieces.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School