Brush Work  – Mileage Upon The Canvas

Have you ever wondered how many miles an artist covers on a canvas when they are painting a work of art? Depending on your artistic discipline, the brush mileage may differ somewhat. There are often different types of brush work within the one painting. You will see here that I am beginning with what is called the fat over lean principle.  This means that I lay down very thin layers of paint at the start.

Brush Work

So this week saw, the beginning of a new work. It is similar to the last one, continuing the story of the soul’s journey into the light. Having left the dark night of the soul – I haven’t quite painted that one fully yet, for now I have moved further into the light.

Mythic Journey 2a

Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings












Above are the preliminary drawings …….

Below is the first paint, I begin by blocking in the dark and then putting a first layer of pale grey over the light area….

Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings


You will note that in the last picture I have also painted a tonal study of the folds of the fabric, in preparation for the upper fabric layers.  At this stage, I’m still deciding on what the final dress colour will be.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Come back and see what the finished painting looks like.

Pix Credits: Photo of brushes  by jenni from the block

Underpainting – how it impacts your work

Underpainting has been the focus of my work for the last few weeks. I’m experimenting with some new things, beginning with the underpainting of the landscapes you see below.

The first is a rework of a previously painted picture of Mt Taranaki on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Underpainting - Mt Taranaki II

Mt Taranaki II

This work has a burnt Sienna acrylic ground painted and dried underneath the worked up image that you see here. Next Thursday, I will compare this work with the original one  – I think the comparison will be interesting.

The second painting is underpainted using the same technique and shares a little slice of Southland in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island.

Underpainting - Southland


Come back next Thursdy to see how they turned out!

Next Thursday’s Post: New Zealand – the finished paintings

Next Monday’s Post: Enhancing Your Creativity

Posted By: Kadira Jennings


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