" A Family Century Farm " 10" x 12" O/G. Panel
For the last couple of days, the snowbanks have been reseeding slowly. This is a good spring sign. Maybe, just maybe, spring will arrive after all and my complaining will be for naught.
The palette for this painting was as follows, Cerulean Blue,Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green and Titanium White. The panel was Masonite with three coats of gesso and a coat of light gray acrylic paint.
As a stretch, I thought that I would try something a little different with this piece. I would try an oil painting with a watercolour brush ! ..Well, so what ! Right ? Using the watercolour brush presents a few new problems that one does not encounter when using a stiffer oil brush.
Mainly, the paint had to be thinned down with medium in order for the finer haired brush to pick up the colour. This means that there where a number of coloured 'puddles' on my palette for the lay in of the composition and the first of the darks. I continued with these 'washy' colours well into the final painting stage.
At this point, I began to miss the 'malleable feel' and 'look' of the thick oil paint, and I switched to the stiffer oil painting brush so that I could lay on the colour. I finished the painting in my usual manner.
It is hard to judge this "technique" after one trial, but I do feel that it has merit and is worth further experimentation.