Tuesday, June 2, 2009

rough in with the brush

16"x20" oil/panel
As stated, I'm now using brushes. It's been at least 7 years since I've touched a brush. All the knife work has taught me alot but I've been feeling limited in my abilities lately. This new approach is very exciting and I feel like a new world is in front of me. Here is my first rough in of a landscape from sketches and a photo from California. This was done quickly and I need to relearn my mixing of the slurry on my palette. Controlling warm and cool again proves troublesome. I'm divided between mixing with the knife and applying with the brush or just use brushes exclusively. At any rate I'm excited with the new direction and will post the next application to this piece very soon.

5 comments:

loriann said...

Why not do your first massing with the knife and then pull out your brushes? Can't wait to see as this one develops.

Jala Pfaff said...

Brian, I love this!!!
P.S. Controlling warm and cool is ALWAYS difficult, in my opinion.

Jala Pfaff said...

P.P.S. Love the tree shapes.
How big is this, and what surface?

brian eppley said...

Loriann, I'm considering that approach. My new thing is I want to do large scale plein air works and to mix enough paint to cover the canvas with the knife would be extreme. The traditional rough in with the brush seems more fitting although I will do some knife application and then move paint via brush on smaller works.

Thanks Jala.
It's 16x20 on 1/8" gessobord primed white

THEARTBRUSH said...

Hi Brian:
Thanks for stopping by Theartbrush.
Painting is trial & error,and the error is education.
Happy painting,
Pete,Theartbrush