The floods have abated and after a few frosty days the riverbank has a ‘shredded’ appearance. Nevertheless, the worst of the winter is over and the light is returning.
This is the second painting using a long bristled filbert (classic filbert Size 10 produced by ‘Rosemary and Co Artists Brushes’). I have a few more handmade brushes, pointed rounds from the same company, which I intended to try out as I’ve always used standard round bristles. The filbert was so versatile I did not need any other brush apart from a liner for the really fine lines and details.
The single brush technique is not for everyone. In traditional oil painting it would require a lot of brush cleaning between colours and this would not be good for the brush. I allow the colours to ‘evolve’ one into the next on the brush with very little or no cleaning. This of course is possible because of the minimal palette (3 colours, in this painting Yellow Ochre, Permanent Rose and Prussian Blue).
This painting is 12″ x 9″ and took about an hour and a half in a single painting session.