Here’s what’s happened on my canvas over the last few days.
As you can probably tell, I was not successful with my plan to use a larger brush and create a looser looking painting. My mind just doesn’t seem able to go there. When I hold a larger brush, I cannot conceive of how I would make the greenery, with all it’s fine sprigs, with larger blobs of paint. I just can’t do it. In fact, I painted all the greenery with a 00 brush – the smallest I have. The back ground was done with an 8 which is just a tad larger than the brushes most oil painters use for the whole thing. I just don’t get it. But I know the great painters wouldn’t paint it this way.
Mostly I’m just getting in the colors and some shapes at this point. I’ll have lots of adjustments to make once I get more of the greenery filled in. I needed to get some of the black background done in order to gauge my colors and tone.
So far I’ve only wiped off a few spots, and am holding out hope that it will all come together in the end.
I’m a slow painter, and I have to get up and take a break after 20 minutes or so.
Here are my brushes.
More to come.
January 31, 2018 at 2:38 pm
The only thing that helped me loosen up was a 30 in 30 challenge. You have to finish a painting each day which forces you to paint quicker, and quicker naturally leads to looser.
January 31, 2018 at 4:29 pm
I can see how that would help. How big were your paintings? And what size brush do you use?