Thursday, March 03, 2011
LOL and Carry a Big Brush
I painted with the Ladies yesterday. Not having anything in mind to paint when we sat down, I spent a bit of time looking for something. Barb was having the same problem. So we finally decided on this picture from an art book. It seemed a fairly loose and easy painting - not much drawing time involved and more time to get to the painting. Easy seemed nice. We started by painting the entire paper with yellow, which is called glazing. After the yellow dried we applied some masking fluid by flicking the masking onto the painting with a toothbrush - to "save" the yellow leaf areas. Masking is a bit like rubber cement, which can later be pulled off the paper. For me, this was a "stand up" painting. That doesn't mean I thought it was a great painting. No, I mean I literally stood up, and I painted with a big brush to get the looseness that I wanted. Sometimes as painters, we get too controlled and tight. It feels good to stand, and swing your arm and wield a big brush. Sometimes it makes me lol.