May 5, 2014
BRUSHWORK and EDGES
Why is brushwork important?
It determines the "look" of the painting which is part of your style. Helps you create a painting that has soft and hard edges.
Gives your painting variety. Probably lots of other reasons.
Use your brushes in different ways. Use both bristle brush and soft brush to makes as many different shapes as possible: strait lines, wide lines, dots, etc., etc.
USE ALL PARTS of BRUSH
Flat side of brush
With bristle and soft brush
load the brush
drag the brush
lay the paint on thickly
use light pressure
use heavy pressure
Terms to know:
pentimento- scrape off the top layer of the painting and what is remaining will be a soft version of whatever you were painting. Often it looks better than what was there and that is because the edges are soft which is the way the eye sees and, therefore is it pleasing to look at.
scumbling- use opaque paint to paint over the underpainting and let parts of it show through.
glazing- mix TRANSPARENT paint with medium and paint over a layer that has dried. For example if you paint over a dry layer of blue with a glaze of yellow, the final layer will look green.
This painting shows a variety of edges.