Changing fastPosted: November 8, 2016
The suns sets so early now that we are in Eastern Standard Time. Of course it’s a welcome change because it’s lighter in the morning when I go to school, but since I mostly sketch in the afternoon, there is little light left after 4 pm. I find myself sketching with a sense of dread, waiting for my subject to disappear into the fading light. This afternoon the shadows were sharp but they didn’t last long so I painted quickly.
I tried another Princeton brush today, this time a small flat — a Heritage 4050 Synthetic sable 1/2″ wash brush. I love painting with flats, but I am used to brushes that have a thicker belly and hold more water. This one is great for smaller areas but I had difficulty gathering up enough wash to get me all the way through the sky. You can see areas where the blue wash started to dry before I was able to wet the brush again. Flats are wonderful for painting straight edges of buildings, poles and trees trunks, big chunks of foliage, etc., but I would need a bigger size for large wash areas. The brush has good spring and a nice sharp edge, so I’ll be saving it for the detail work in my sketches when I use more pigment and less water. In this sketch I liked it best for painting the dark foliage and shadows under the eaves.