|Many more brushstrokes than 37|
|37 brushstrokes doesn't give you much|
in the way of excitement.
I chose pastries. By the time lunch rolled around, I realized my choice was too complicated. The simpler the still life, the better. I spent the afternoon doing many brushstrokes more to get the featured painting. The good of this exercise was that I did reach a degree of finish that would satisfy others who like an abstract feel. As for me, I learned I am a traditionalist. While I love gestural work--working loose, I need many gestures to satisfy my need for discernible form.
Painting exercises like these as well as all the sketching we do are great for keeping in shape. For a painting with quality though, I do like taking my time with the brush and allowing for in between observation periods to take a more critical, less emotional, look at what I've been doing. With oils, I like those in between times to allow for some drying too. I do favor linseed oil half and half with mineral spirits as the medium. Mineral spirits alone may dry faster, but because they do, they lack some blending benefits that linseed oil allows.
NOTE: I am loving 11 x 14 for daily exercises. The canvases are big enough where my brushstrokes do not flip off the edges too much. I get the bounce I like as I pounce.
ALSO: I did take a few minutes today to soften Ellis and do some correcting on my charcoal study. Watching it over the last couple of days, errors that needed correction did show up. I guess slow and steady is my modes operand um.