'Pouring his art out': Local artist discovers new passion by accident

Published: Aug. 8, 2018 at 5:43 PM EDT
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Netflix and nap might sound like a cure for boredom. All one local artist needs is a blizzard.

"Over a four-day period, the end result was, you know, jelly, which is what I call my art," said Aaron Sandock.

Roughly four winters ago, Sandock experimented with a white-colored pouring medium and acrylic paints, which had a food-coloring effect on canvas. He achieved his goal of trying to make acrylics "behave" like the rapidly permeating watercolors.

"i've been criticized, you know, as not being an artist," he said. "Whatever! That's fine, if that's what you want to say. Doesn't bother me."

A pouring artist, Aaron used a variety of backdrops, from canvas, to windows, skateboards, guitars, bar tops, and clothes. He also uses gravity and music vibrations to shape the art.

"It's relaxing," remarked Sandock, of pouring.

The art form represented a much-needed change of course from drawing.

"It wasn't fun for me anymore because I was constantly critiquing, you know, or the output that I made," he said.

Pouring is widening his audience reach. For example, Sandock was at a Chicago art show when a recently divorced woman immediately connected to one of his pieces because she felt it helped to guide her next move in life.

"That's an honor, too, to be a piece of me present in someone's house that's helping others feel better," said Sandock.

If you'd like to learn more about Aaron's pouring art, visit