Honest steel versus servile paintbrushes. A cautionary tale. Acrylics on canvas, 30 cm x 40 cm (Destroyed)
I was told many times in the past to avoid comfort in creating pictures, to vary the media and the tools I was using. This would help me avoid habit, reflex-laden responses to the surface in front of me, be it paint on canvas, charcoal on newsprint or even the good old pencil on paper. At the moment I use the scraper a lot, or a palette knife to move the paint around with. Paintbrushes invariably seems to lead to the same handling of the paint, and it's too easy to drown in effect-making. A steel implement has a lot more resistance to it, it resists my attempts to control it, and thus often makes the end result become more of a compromise between me and the tools I use. Here I have used paintbrushes, and the result is troubling. I shall have to work into this anew, but as a starting point it will have to do. A selection of both artists paints and household paints have, however, added some interest to the texture, and undone some of the linear damage the weak-willed paintbrush has wrought.