8x6in oil on canvas panel SOLD
The following is for those who enjoy a looser and more
impressionistic way of painting.
I have found that the fan brush is often overlooked
for the many helpful ways it can be used in painting.
First, here is a sample of my brushes.
A mixture of bristle, mongoose and synthetic.
All have a purpose.
the base area and letting it dry in shape shown.
The top part is still beautifully springy - not stiff.
I start with my transparent darks first...using the brush like a chisel
See short video below after reading.
Then I add the opaque colors using the same technique.
If you try it, then remember to leave some
of the darker areas showing. After the demo, I noticed many
of the artists were not using their arm or holding their brush
at end of the handle - they were controlling too
much by holding their bush in the middle, and being very careful.
Unfortunately, this results in a very uniform stroke.
So listen to the sound of the brush against the canvas
in the video and you can tell I whack at it.
I have found it gives a more natural appearance to build on.
Practice on a piece of canvas and remember you can
wash it off and keep starting again. You will end up with a
canvas you can still use with a wonderful neutral base.
Take notes of the different effects you like so you can
link to video here using the Fan Brush #1 maybe not working - see new link
or try this link
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I bet you have a pet(s) you are a wonderful mother to.