I was high jacked this morning by the light and my trees. of course I obliged, willingly. I am in love with Fabriano but for abstracts like this, I love the softness of Saunders 200# and I can’t wait to try out Fabriano Soft Press in which Debi Riley raves about. As soon as I can manage it, I will be buying it. This is my first painting session with my madrones here: Madrone Madness-June WC #1 as you can see, I am getting looser and improving, I hope!
I am finding that I love to use my sprayer while painting to help coax the paint and to limit brush strokes. I do use my brush to drop in paint or use the very tip to push/brush the paint to make the trunks of the trees stand out. I also have found that allowing the excess water from my brush to drop into the paint mixture I had just put down, helps to lighten that area. I love this way of painting, it is truly me. Abstraction is something I love and I am hoping to incorporate it more and more into my plein air of the river. I try so hard to depict what I see and I usually overdo it or bungling it up, I have used this kind of painting at the river before and I loved the results, Shenanigan Flat-North Yuba River with painting #3.
- With abstracts such as these, incorporate all kinds of means to get the job done, think outside the box.
- For me, limiting actual brushstrokes work best for abstraction.
- Plein air is hard but when it is happening, it is heaven!
- Don’t be afraid to let that paint flow or let those colors mingle, who knows what you will end up with?
- Adventure keeps you young!
- Wet paint from the tube is best for abstraction.