Monday, February 9, 2009

Single Stroke

Preppy Pear, 6 x 6
This pear was done about 1/3 of the way through Carol Marine's workshop; she made us paint one painting with single strokes: we could only put paint on our brush, make a stroke, then go back to the palette and mix or pick up paint again. No more than one stroke on the canvas at a time. This was more of a challenge than any of us thought! The temptation to keep touching the canvas was enormous, but on this piece, I did it, and I think it lends a purity and sense of thoughtfulness and to a painting that we often lose sight of as painters.


Linda Schweitzer said...

Really nice, Julie! It has that chiseled look, which is so hard to achieve, but looks so confident and masterful.

Laurel Daniel said...

What a great excercise and you managed it perfectly! So yummy.

Carolyn Finnell said...

I learned so much from that exercise. That one alone was worth the trip. And now when I'm struggling I do the same thing. It makes me really think about every stroke. I remember this painting. I liked it then and I like it now.