I love art challenges. The people who have the vision to create them and keep them going are an inspiration. They always push and pull me along a journey I would not have taken. Preferring, instead, to stay in my safe zone…where all good passion goes to die.
This month’s Paint My Photo Challenge was an abstract. I have never enjoyed abstract painting. Don’t understand it, and the word that crosses my mind most when viewing it is: “Why?” You can try to explain it to me, and I may get some of it, but I will probably will still be thinking “Why?” in my head.
Wasn’t even going to participate. But experimenting with my brushes and had some paint left over. So I originally messed around with some shapes, colors, etc. It is in the recycle bin. Then I tried the bird abstract that I blogged about in No Brush Left Behind #2. That looked like a child did it. And the best thing I can say about it is that I used some of my brushes for the challenge.
From the Paint My Photo Site, I picked a photo by John Warren of a canal with dappled sunlight which can be found here. And another 6 brushes from the unused yet bin.
While I am still not crazy about abstract. There are parts of this that I really like. Like the part where I got so frustrated I took a razor blade and scratched through the paint down to the paper. It created a texture that simulated the windows in the reference photo.
Most abstracts I see are dark paintings with random splotches of color to grab your eye. The palette I used (my normal) gave this a light and whimsical feel….not my association with abstracts. Maybe I’d like them more if they were all bright and happy.
All-in-all, a frustrating but fun experience. Frankly, this will probably become part of a collage, but I am not totally unpleased with it overall.
BRUSH REPORT 1/19/19
White Sable Goliath. Sure did cover a lot of ground. Soft and pliable.. Holds lots of water and paint and made those great green splatters (when tapped on my finger) in the top right hand side of the painting.
White Sable Skyscraper (Big Flat) Also covered a lot of paper. But the best part was using the handle to smear out some watercolor ground to get some texture in the white space.
Long handled cat’s tongue – All the markings came off with the top layer of the veneer. Very stiff bristles. Used it to scrub out and soften sections. Did a great job!
Liquitex 8 Kolinsky Plus Round 590. Dropped lovely puddles of color, and despite it’s fat looking tip, came to a decent point.
Rafael 8802 made in France Rigger – One of my “go to” brushes. Not just used for expressive lines, but pushed on and jiggled can make some wonderful shapes. Love this brush. It holds a place of honor on my art desk.
Loew-Cornell 7050C Script Liner – Another “go to” brush with similar properties of the Rafael….just not as fine pointed and doesn’t bend quite as easily.
Used: 6 Brushes
Remaining brushes to use: 148 (So happy to be under 150 at last!)
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