Still Searching

"Sometimes It's Windy"
oil on canvas panel, 8" x 10"

I am still searching for the ideal brush and painting surface. The last two paintings have been worked at the end with a sable flat. It has a nice feel and leaves a beautiful streak of paint . . .as opposed to bristle brushes that often leave ragged edges . . . .I still use the latter for much of the work but find the sable is a great brush for finishing a piece.

I recently obtained some Ray Mar canvas panels. The weave is made for landscape painting and seems quite absorbant. This painting, I took someone's suggestion to coat the panel with a good coat of gesso. It takes a little while for the paint to soak in, so I will check later to see if the canvas drank everything or left signs of brushwork. Still so much to learn!
Today, I wasn't in a rush. I think it made a difference. Looking at the photo, however, it looks different than the actual piece in a frame.

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