dirty brushes.

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I’m the worst at cleaning my brushes. I use them and plop them in a bucket of walnut oil instead of cleaning them out thoroughly…. I buy more… just so I do not have to clean them…

I really cannot afford to keep doing this.

they seemed to have survived their yearly cleaning though…. a little gunky… but still usable!

Somewhere we have been.

Underpainting... The start of "This place", and "That Place"
Underpainting… The start of “This place”, and “That Place”
Finished. "Somewhere we have been"
Finished. “Somewhere we have been”

This last week has been very busy finishing our bathroom renovation (stay tuned for before & afters)… yardwork… working… cleaning, and entertaining. There has not been much time for making art. Luckily all of those things make me feel happy and creative too!

This evening I found the time, and have finished one more, and started two others.

acrylic underpainting

I choose to start my paintings in acrylic for several reasons but mainly because it dries faster than oil— therefore, I can work on several at a time— and get the jist of it painted before I get to the good stuff with my oil paints. I always end in oil because I love the depth of colour oil painting provides, I love the feel and consistency of oil, and even the smell better! It makes me happy.

Do you paint in acrylic first too?
amybarrettart prairie landscape