First, I changed my brush. I switched from a filbert to a flat; not just any flat, a LARGE flat (I'm talking #10 to 3/4"). Second, I changed my grip. I held my brush overhanded instead of like a pencil from start to finish. (Try pulling that most perfect comma or reverse teardrop in the overhand position!) Third, I took my teacher/mentor's advice and set a timer. I challenged myself to paint a casual rose in 15 minutes (instead of an hour). I kept reducing my time little by little each day down to the five minute mark. Wow, what a difference it made.
Looking back though, I think the most pivotal moment came when I painted a rose from start to finish with my fingers, no brush. (I might have cheated just a bit finding some of my lost edges with touches of white at the end.) Wow! Give it a try. Let me know how it works.
Right now, I am casual. Can you be too casual? I hope not! I'm always looking to change, to improve, to redefine my brush just a bit. It keeps my painting interesting. It keeps me interested in painting. It keeps me growing as an artist. It makes me a better teacher. It fuels my passion for what I do!
In this fall's seminars at my studio and as I travel teach, we will be focusing on a more casual approach. We will learn how to "reprogram our brains." I can not wait to share these techniques, tricks, and tidbits to help you find your inner, more casual artist. I hope to see some of you in my classes along the way. (My seminar schedule can be viewed at http://deannsartstudio.com/ along with sign-up information).
I'm also looking forward to sharing my large brush casual roses on my You Tube channel set to launch in the very near future.
Enjoy the Journey!