Sitting down on a cold fall day with my friends, we painted until our fingers got numb and the sun was almost down. I painted my friends painting a tree scene in a local park. They used brushes and I used sticks.
My use of sticks as painting tools in my watercolor wasn’t intentional at first. I was just having fun.
Who would’ve thought that using sticks would be more fun than learning proper painting techniques?
In “The Cloud” I regressed in my painting technique. I used school oval palette paints. The paints that most people are familiar with as watercolor paints. I use them on occasion, but their are some that use them all the time.
Your fingerprints are unique and so is the way you use paints and a brush.
Character is created in motion and strokes and color choices. Maybe you don’t have a clue as to how to find the character necessary to find your voice (your unique usage of media and technique). You can steal some of mine:
- Use expression liberally
- Use emotion liberally
- Work quickly
- Use all sides of your brush (including the wood tip)
- Use your hands
- Use found materials -sticks, rocks, dirt, leaves