Method/Process & Trekell's brushes:
The idea supersedes my subject matter. With this in mind I adjust my
working methods for each new painting. My approach is varied in the beginning
stages. At times I draw right
on to surface with a brush, other times I sketch
the main elements of the idea with a pencil, or, I will do a light oil wash to
block in a painting. It just depends on what element(s) of the image I need to
develop first and how I envision the painting coming together as a whole.
At this stage I am either using reference (or working from observation).
Once the main elements are established and the painting starts to have a life
of its own I tend to work from memory more and more. The painting is far enough
along where it has a set of ingrained parameters, centered around color, light,
technique, and refinement. I try to maintain these constructs and measure them
against the vision I had in the beginning. If I paint over an area or need to
alter an element in the piece I will return to my original reference.
With smaller and medium sized paintings I work exclusively on panel or
board. Any painting around 30" x 40" and larger I switch to cotton canvas. I'm
not a big fan of the flex or bounce of a canvas. Whether its a small or large
painting I use a wide variety of brushes. Most of my brush work is accomplished
by using bristle flats. Ultimately, they get beat up enough to form into
filberts and brights, providing further variety. I grab whatever I think
applies the paint in the manner I want. Often these are brushes, however, it
may also include palette knife, rag, paper towel, or a finger. I am sure I'll
bring more objects into the fold as I see fit.