Friday, August 31, 2012

A Gallery of Brush Work

I love brush work.  For me, it is one of the biggest attractions of painting in oil.  Today, I was scanning in some recent work, and I couldn't help but start thinking of the surface quality of the paint.  I thought I'd share with you one swatch from each of the paintings.  It can be a real joy to look at such thumbnail abstractions without having the complete painting on hand to remind you what the subject is.  It's like enjoying a single flower plucked from the garden.


Cathy said...

I read somewhere that if you divide your painting into thirds, or quarters or eighths..or whatever, each small section should be a small painting unto itself. It's very obvious that this rings true with all of your thumbnails. Thanks, Michael!

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thank you, Cathy!