Friday, February 25, 2011

Singapore Heritage Shophouse No. 9 - SOLD

"Singapore Heritage Shophouse No. 9"
6x6 Oil on Panel
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What a week.  I really feel like my paintings have started stepping up their game.  I am finally starting to get a handle on my brushes.  I know that sounds kind of silly, but the difference between painting cityscapes and still life paintings is huge.  This is especially so when you are working on a 6x6 in canvas.  A Still Life painting tends to be more organic shapes - bottles, fruit, fabric - you get the idea.  The more manmade objects you have in a still life, the better idea you get of what it is like to paint a buildings.  I'm starting to get how much detail is necessary, how much I can suggest.

I'm also starting to get a handle on which brushes to use for what detail.  I could use my filberts for detail on organic shapes, but when you need a detail with a manmade object, more often than not you need a predictable, easily manipulated line.  My filberts were not doing the job.  Surprisingly enough, the art store here doesn't carry riggers (a detail brush).  So I've been teaching myself to use a Japanese bamboo calligraphy brush for the details that I need.  I've found it is actually a really wonderful brush.  You can really get it to do exactly what you want, with few surprises.


  1. HI! Very lovely shophouse series ;)

  2. This one is great Shelby. Such great design sense and color. Congrats!


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