It's no secret that I don't paint with brushes. I think it's because you hold most brushes the same way you hold a pen or pencil, and I can't draw. A palette knife is a whole 'nother animal - you hold it in a completely different way. So in the interest of keeping things *exciting*, I gave myself the challenge of creating a painting using only brushes, and in the interest of keeping it REAL, I'm going to show you the result. It's definitely not a winner, but I learned some things. Here's where I started - first layer:
I did a little color correction on all my indoor photos because, remember, I'm a vampire painter and only paint at night. This is very wet paint and I like the deep horizontal-ish linear texture. After the next layer, things were looking pretty good:
Again, crappy picture because crappy lighting, but you get the basic idea. More fun texture. I should mention that I was using a reference image that I found online years ago. At this stage of the game I was feeling optimistic. During the next layer I went all crazy with more paint and a water spray bottle:
REALLY horrible picture, but this is to show that I had to put a screw in the trim below the cabinets so I could hang the painting over my art sink while it dripped.
In the next layer I lost some of the texture that I thought was cool, which was unfortunate, but the piece was still looking good. Here it is in the light of day:
This was definitely the "I could wreck it at any moment" stage. I've got two other pieces right now at this same stage - I need to bust thru the stupid "what if I ruin it" thoughts and embrace the crap shoot aspect of my art practice. Which I did with this blue one and it all went to hell. HA! The canvas spent two more episodes dripping over the sink after I washed a poorly executed cow off the bottom. And I think I should interrupt this narrative to show you the brushes I have been using:
Woo hoo! Dollar Store finds. The very first layer, which I didn't show you because I forgot to take a picture, was painted with the foam brush. And it was crap. I blame that mostly on the paint - low quality craft paint that I threw away right after using it - and partly on the brush. The next layer, the one in the first picture above, was done with the big whisk brush. Side note - that one came with its own bonus palette:
But back to the brushes. The little black make up brush was terrible - it soaked up way too much paint and just held on to it. I have found that make up brushes work great with alcohol ink, but not so great here with acrylics. The kitchen sponge brush (which looks suspiciously like a toilet bowl cleaner) made some really fun texture. Sponges tend to do that. My faves were the little round one, which also came from the make up aisle but I can't remember what it is for, and the good old fashioned toothbrush.
Back to the painting. My inability to portray a half decent cow, even an abstract cow, frustrated the hell out of me and I resorted to a flock of wonky sheep:
All in all it was a fun experiment. Next time I'm going with just a toothbrush.