Tuesday, 21 May 2013

CONVERGENCE ACEO and USING THE BEST BRUSH


CONVERGENCE
ORIGINAL ACEO  
2.5" x 3.5"
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I've included both the scanned and photographed image, because, as sometimes happens, they give quite a different look to the painting and I couldn't decide which to use. I would say the original is not as dark as the scan and not as blue as the photo. It has a lovely sunny feel to it. 

The rule for miniatures is that it should be impossible to tell their size without a frame of reference. I think "Convergence" ACEO could quite easily be mistaken for a regular painting made with sweeping strokes of a large brush, don't you? The larger OSWOA painting is a little more traditional in it's approach with smoother strokes and colour gradation, but I think it could be taken as a large painting and certainly has more presence than it's postcard size would warrant.

This painting uses the same photo reference as it's sister painting "RIVERBANK" from yesterday. I will be exploring more of these lovely reflective river photos in the future. Painting a river is quite different to the lakes and ocean scenes I'm familiar with.The photo used for reference was taken at the meeting of two rivers. 

"Convergence" is an ACEO miniature and "Riverbank" is a postcard (OSWOA) sized painting. Together they form a DUO which look wonderful matted and framed together. (see previous DUO blogs).  

Although it is obvious the two paintings are the same scene, I think they are a good example of how size changes the end result. The general rule is to use small brushes for small paintings and larger brushes for larger paintings. Some Artists even use house painting brushes to great effect with their large pieces and it is a great way to save money, equivalent to choosing generic products at the supermarket. 






RIVERBANK
ORIGINAL ART
4" x 6" OSWOA Postcard

Regardless of the size of the brush, working position can also have quite an effect on the end result. Sitting at a table and working close to a miniature with a short handled brush, is quite different to painting with a wide, long handled brush and standing a distance from a large canvas. Because of proximity to the canvas, it is challenging to work on miniatures. This is one reason why Artists tend to shy away from painting small originals because it "cramps" their style and it's easy for the painting to appear overworked. Nevertheless miniatures are an inexpensive and exciting way to start an Art collection.

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Cat # 13123 CONVERGENCE and Cat # 13122 RIVERBANK