Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 10, 2009
Went home for lunch and noodled some clouds with a fan brush. It literally looks like a Spanish fan in full bloom with bristles covering 180 degrees. I bought it several years ago to help with blending. It helps feather paint so that it doesn't bunch up and blotch. Spreads things out, as it were.

I had some dramatic, dust storm clouds shaping up, wet into wet, and in order to blend the sky with the edges of the dust, I brought out the fan brush and made several passes. Got it completed, then wondered what would happen if I took a few passes at the actual clouds (which were still wet):

Breakthrough! The fan brush takes normal fluff and gives it a push, simulating strong wind. Sometimes you learn just by doing.

Leo Banks just posted an excellent piece on Geronimo's bones in the Tucson Weekly. Check it out:

Geronimo Bones in Tucson Weekly

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."
—Mignon Mclaughlin

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