Tag Archives: Brushes

Resolution and Gestalt

I’ve been watching painters paint for some time now.  You can observe some interesting and seemingly strange behaviours, when you do this.  There are two particular habits I have observed which almost always sabotage the painting and leave the artist … Continue reading

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Bigger Brushes, Bigger Canvases

Here’s something you can try, if you ever get stuck in a painting rut, assuming you have the space and can afford to do it.  It can free up your brush strokes, allowing them to be made more flamboyantly, force … Continue reading

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The Most Tedious Tasks In Art?

I’ve just read this blog post with some amusement:  http://painting.about.com/od/inspiration/tp/tedious-art-tasks.htm?nl=1 It’s a list of the five most tedious tasks in art.  I don’t agree.  Let’s take them one by one: Cleaning paint brushes.  Actually I love to clean my brushes, … Continue reading

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How To Keep Your Colours Clean and Pristine

If you’re like me and you rely on using bright, luminescent colours in your paintings, one of the things that can work against you is when your colours inadvertently mix.  We’ve all accidentally mixed mud – that indistinct, dull, brownish … Continue reading

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Picasso Was Right

Every child is an artist.  Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a birthday party for nine year olds (and ages thereabouts).  We chose a local venue that provides the kids with a blank canvas, some brushes and acrylic paints … Continue reading

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How To Overcome the Fear of the Blank Canvas

When I say canvas, I mean “page”, if you write, “source code file”, if you programme, “blank recording medium”, if you are a musician, or “spatial void”, if you sculpt.  You get the gist.  How do you overcome that fear … Continue reading

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