Thursday, May 15, 2008
Linda Blondheim Art Studio Landscapes of the South
oil on canvas
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Warm Up with Brushwork
I give my students three exercises to do to warm up for painting.
1. Long and short strokes. They must practice loading the brush carefully and making the longest most even strokes they can. The other side of that is short choppy strokes. Add tos that curves, circles, rectangles, cross hatching, side of brush and flat of brush strokes.
2. Stippling. Dots of paint in multiples, singles and so forth. Building up layers of dots to make stippled layers of paint. They use a variety of brushes from rounds, to flats, brights,filberts, large and small.
3. Scumbling. This must be done with thin paint over dry paint, either very thin with medium or dry brushed onto the paint surface in a scrubbing motion so that the top layer of paint is scrubbed over the dry paint layer underneath.
I use all of these strokes when I paint and most painters do. To study them one at a time as an exercise builds technique and warms you up for a painting session.