Thursday, April 18, 2013

Painting process

I try to capture so much detail in my tree paintings that it takes a long time to complete just one.

I can spend a couple of hours working on a section of the painting and afterwards it will look like I haven't done a thing.

Sometimes that can be disheartening. But there is a certain point in the process when the tree seems to come alive and that's when it gets exciting.

The other night after an hour or so of work Kim walked over to have a look and said, 'it looks like you've actually done something'.

Maybe I'm getting faster? It doesn't feel like it though.

Because of this detail in the paintings, I tend to destroy brushes. Not on purpose, of course. It's just that I tend to mash them up a bit to create certain effects.

I looked over today and saw I have quite a collection of brushes that have seen better days.

I'm fanatical about this particular kind of brush in a very specific size. I have been known to buy out a shop's whole stock at one time!

They're relatively cheap, which means I don't mind mashing them. I have also tried more expensive brushes but they just don't respond in the way I need them to.

I keep these old brushes because even though I can't do fine detail with them anymore, they're still good for pushing paint around.