Studying at the Florence Academy of Art, there are many painting techniques to be mastered through intense practice and through following the methodology of the school. But there are also many things to be learned concerning one’s materials. For example, a great variety of edge qualities can be achieved in a painting simply by varying the kinds of brushes used—i.e. sable versus hog-hair.
Almost every painting that I have created has required a few sharp edges here and there to create a sense of depth through contrast. In a landscape, this could be the edge of a building that I wish to come forward in the painting, or it could be an accent to stress a particular place of interest, or else it could be used to create a sense of movement in the weather (disturbance on water, branches swaying, etc).
In a still-life, on the other hand, it is very important to achieve clean, straight marks of paint to establish where the objects meet the surface they are resting on. Drawing attention to an object of importance in a still life can be done with a strong placement and chromatic colours, but it can also be achieved through a carefully selected use of sharp edges.
The Rosemary & Co Sword Liner brushes are ideal for creating just these kinds of accents and I highly recommend them. They handle just as the name implies; you can swipe and slash with decent precision and you can achieve clean, sharp edges that will pull out whatever you need to be in focus in your painting.
The Sword liners work well in oil, acrylic and watercolour. Visit our site and search Swords for more information.
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