Emotions are what carry words. Like a brush carries paint.
In this video, I’ll be talking brushes as a “metaphor” for your emotions and energy when you’re interacting with anyone – and also, at the same time, talking about brushes in the experience of watercolor painting.
I’ve been a professional painter for awhile now, showing in exhibits and competitions, and selling paintings – and my chief devotion is to the human face. Portraits.
There are very few watercolor painters interested in the portraits – and it’s super fun to be one of them!
As we go along, and I continue to make the connection between watercolor painting and the concepts of “loose” and “tight” as artists use the words, and as YOU might think of those words, I look forward to “Falling In Love” with everything I do, and everything you do as the path to “looseness.”
In music, we say the “band is tight” as a wonderful complement. They know what they’re doing, they’re in tune with each other, totally in sync.
Yet, we’ve come to think of “tight” as a bad thing to be.
Tight can just be an eye for, and an interest in tiny detail.
I get like that when I’m painting an eye. It’s fascinating.
It has nothing to do with being “bound up.”
And yet, if you’re feeling “bound up” – perhaps these new Tools around watercolor “looseness” can be helpful for you…
Here are some notes:
I forgot to mention the other brush in my collection that isn’t synthetic: primarily, the “Hake” brush – the biggest one (the beige one) that I talk about quite a bit as the “fast and loose” brush. It’s not synthetic, it’s made of goat hair.
It’s a “Japanese” brush in the way most people identify it – yet they’re made in China. The goats are shorn, like sheep are for wool, and there’s no way to really know how well or poorly they’re treated – though it makes sense that it would not be good for business to harm the maker of your product, when you need them to make more and more hair on a continual basis.
I’ve had this one brush for years, and have held off buying another. Many artists have difficulties with brushes that aren’t synthetic, and many bemoan the plastic in the synthetics.
Perhaps one day I’ll do a video on how to make decisions when none feel exactly good!
I am in love with Blick stores. It’s like going to Disneyland for an artist. I buy their synthetic brush brand – and if you want more specifics, please email me! Love, Rori