Painting with oils thinned down to the extreme of almost hardly using any and letting my brush marks spontaneously make lines shade and forms.
Recently I have been experimenting with different size and shape brushes. I always used a small flat end long oil brush and used it so heavily that sometimes I could ware it out within a few paintings. So I knew it was time to expand and with it I have found new rhythm to my work. But what has come naturally one day and feels easy does not necessarily come naturally the next day.
Yesterday I worked very quickly on these two landscape paintings of Brimham Rocks. Continuing with my theme for my exhibition at Weetons Food Hall in Harrogate.
Today I picked up my long rounded brush and used the same almost dried up palette but I did not have the same flow or rhythm. It felt forced. Although I am happy with the outcome I think these few paintings have run their course and I am ready to move on again.
I have almost used the oils as a wash similar to a watercolour yet the oils were more manipulative and easier to blend with a rougher texture.