Giant Brush

February 11, 2019 - 12:06pm
Something that had been going on in the background for awhile.
Is the ground of my paintings.
Lately I have morphed from making tons of little sketches
   etc.
To trying to bring that same fast freshness to larger canvases.
Primarily 40x30".
A thing my little 5x7" sketches have that the larger ones lacked is lovely brushy grounds
made by one layer of color applyed with a 3" chip brush.
A 3" chip on the larger surface would be too active
I tried an 8 inch brush, it was hard to find a chip brush with the coarse bristle in that size,
a nylon brush with had a  soft bristle and did not leave the desired strie.
I ordered 8" chip brushes from China.  
they were cheap but took a month to arrive.
they were surprisingly nice brushes but not actually 8".

I'm sure there's a joke in there.
I ordered more from a different Chinese company, so we'll see next month.
Meanwhile I made a new tool, joining two of the brush heads into a giant paddle brush.
 
            
They've already been put to use priming two 30x40" canvases and worked great!!
It's a subtle variation that will hopefully give more life and breath to the larger work.
It's funny to get super excited over this detail, I am, & love the new brush!