Series 7: Brush as Comunicator
S7 L1 Brush as Direction Maker
In this lesson, S7L1 Brush as Direction Maker of BRUSH AS COMMUNICATOR, Dianne moves through an entire study showing how the direction in which the brush moves contributes to how it communicates. Emphasis in this lesson is on how the brush can make foilage, rocks and water. .When we’re first learning to paint, regardless of the medium, too often we focus on applying the paint rather than how the brush moves. But when we elevate our thinking to comparing what the brush does with the role of the bow for the violinist and the golf club for the golpher, it takes on new meaning for its role in communicating images. This new way of thinking about the brush makes it as much a part of creating a composition as does how we arrange shapes and values. It actually becomes a part of the overall design. Among contempary artists whose work reveals the brush’s role in creating direction in composition, Qiang Huang stands out as significant. Take a look at the brushwork in the slide show on the homepage of his website and stroll through the works on his blog. Another artist whose use of a stroke’s direction is equally provocative is Quang Ho, especially his Grey, Orange, Green Soloist.