Blob and Smush DemoI haven't been practicing what I preach; I haven't been letting my life inspire my art, and my art inspire my life. I have been "grubbing" through things and painting walls, woodwork and trim. That's about it.
This painting is a small demo done in class today. Blob and smush (sounds like push) is all about softening the edges. You "blob" on the color, and then "smush" it down by drawing a damp brush just under the color. It keeps flowers from looking too much like "cut and paste" I paint the bright color of the flowers first, soften the color down the paper a bit (smush), and then add some green - being careful not to let too much of the green run up into the red (a little red is okay to run into the green).
Now I think I'll go out into the world. The sun is shining, but it is cold - 41 degrees. The grass is very green, the forsythia is blooming, and the Bay is very blue. Nice. If I go out into the world, I should take my sketchbook - it hasn't been out in awhile.
Hope all is well with all of you. Have you been painting?