Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - Wild Flowers

I thought today I would show what brushes I used at the different stages. I am not very disciplined in my brush selection. Most often I use only one or two. This is the beginning, add some darks, dry brushed ( very little dry paint brushed into the canvas) on top of my charcoal drawing.
Next I go wet like watercolor my paint thinned with turps or Liquin. Note my old out of shape round brush. It no longer holds a point so it is delegated to doing the wash.
Now to thicker paint and back to my stiff little flat.
Same brush different color. I 'm breaking brush rule number 1... use a new brush when changing color.
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Wild Flowers
6"x6"
oil on canvas board
sold

I finished some of the stems and petals and details with a 0 round. That's the smallest brush I think I have. My favorite contemporary still life painter and the best painters of flowers in the world today is (Paul Raymond Seaton) over in England. He has a great website which has taught me so much. He gives instructions on painting flowers. I think he even suggests using artificial flowers to start. I have mixed artificial flowers and live flowers in this composition. Can you tell which is which?

2 comments:

theysaywordscanbleed said...

that's a great flower art.

Ed Terpening said...

It's hard to remember when to switch brushes, particularly when I am "in the zone". I generally will have one brush for cool colors, another for warm (rather than one brush/color--I hate washing brushes!)