Not Getting The Results You Want?
It Could Be Your Brush.
I’m continuing to work large-to-small and light-to-dark throughout the painting. Here, I’m negative-painting a darker value onto a dry, initial wash in a small area. I’m using a sable brush that holds a generous amount of pigment with a nice point that allows me to work very small without having to take my brush off the paper to reload it with more pigment. The result is rich, saturated color. See the tiny shapes being created?
At this point in a painting, I often see students reaching for the smallest rounds they have which seems logical. But a small brush isn’t able to hold a large pigment mixture. What I see next, is the artist repeatedly taking the brush off of the paper, dipping it back into water, back into pigment, back into water, back onto paper, over and over and over which yields countless, dry, pale, labored, tiny stokes. The results are usually a tired, overworked painting and an artist that feels the same.
What’s An Artist To Do? Examine your brushes and give them a test drive. A sable or sable blend will hold more pigment. A full-bodied brush with a fine point is invaluable. Be sure to use the brush’s full potential. Let it totally soak up a rich pigment mixture and practice holding it at different angles while applying paint. I believe you will be surprised at how much intricate detail can be achieved and energized with the results 🙂