Thursday, April 21, 2011

28 strokes part 4

6"x6" oil/panel

I continue with the 28 brushstroke exercise. This time done over a painting. I seem to be completely engrossed in the horizontal line compositions. This will change no doubt, but for now I must follow my intuition. Note: when painting over old work, strokes could be many fewer to create a believable work. This exercise is enlightening and brings awareness to the temptation of predertermining strokes and loading the brush with color. Too close to craft work ie..painting flower petals with one stroke. I am abandoning this exercise. I learned a lesson.........Paintings develope through continual interaction and reaction........... 

5 comments:

loriann said...

Hi Brian! You nailed that on the head...continual action and reaction to what is on the surface, not what is there! This is a little beauty- the colors are rich. I wonder where this horizontal work will take you???

SamArtDog said...

Counting coup is better than taking scalps. You can still claim victory.

brian eppley said...

Tanks ya'll

Jala Pfaff said...

I can relate to horizontal line composition obsession. ;)

Luscious color.

I think it's so great and so important that you know exactly what you learned from doing this exercise.

Basement flooded--oh god. Awful.

brian eppley said...

Hi Jala. I wouldn't be surprised if your blog influenced me on this journey. You've taken obsession to a new level! :-)