Monday, November 12, 2012
I remember learning to print and write. Seems that a change from pen and ink to pencil to crayon had a "clean it up effect" on my writing. Some things don't change. I regularly make my writing more legible by changing pens, pencils etc.
In the painting world I also find that I enjoy changing the size of my canvas. Somehow I seem to go through cycles going from big to mid to small to extra small and then in reverse.
I know that painting is best with gestural strokes coming from the shoulder. Far better than those licking blenders from the fingers. Yet when I go small, the tendency to to get tighter, more precise. So I stick with the large brush most of the time. When I go bigger I find that I can control the sweeping strokes better even though I enjoy more loosely painted work. So I guess I can get intended loose strokes more easily. Really handy for edge management and big brush manipulation. Regarding brushes, I get the opposite reaction. If I go small, I find I lapse into pickiness and far too busy passages. So I am better going larger still then settling back to something at the upper end of comfort.
Elora Backstreet, 24x30, Oil on Canvas
Before the Plow, In Process, 6x8