Category Archives: Brushwork

30 Paintings and How I Took Them From Good to Great

1 After                 The wave that crosses diagonally needed to be broken up in the right half, so I added a break in the foam. Also, the ocean side of it was too … Continue reading

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Darks Without Glare, Bright Lights, Using Impasto Techniques!

Painters often paint dark areas first because it establishes the maximum depth of shade and also it is easier to work over darks with lighter colors than it is to darken colors.  This causes problems like muddy colors and glare … Continue reading

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Scumbling Effects and Examples

Scumbling involves painting over a dry area in broken strokes.  You need to have little  paint on the brush in order to achieve scumbling that does not completely cover the paint underneath it.  Scumbling leads to optical mixing and also … Continue reading

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Brush Stroke Examples

These are the typical strokes you can build a painting with. The numbers are tied to example areas in the paintings below. 1. Point—Tap brush straight into the canvas. Useful for leaves, flowers, splashing foam, and other delicate, round features … Continue reading

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How to Use Edges in Your Painting

Edges form basic lines and they separate shapes. Without edges, a painting has no detail or observable interest. Edges can be hard, soft, and anything in between. They are another form of contrast that a painter has available. Hard edges … Continue reading

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