|Traverse, 36" x 36"|
Missouri artist, Elizabeth Chapman, says it well when she explains how the quality of her materials makes a difference in what she feels she is offering the buyer. The longevity of the piece is just as important as its aesthetic. The canvas cannot warp and the paint needs to hold up to light, temperature and air pollution. Although the brushes an artist uses are not going to be part of the final piece (unless they shed), one's brushes make a difference in how the paint lays on the canvas or panel, how the paint moves and how the details are defined. The brushes help the artist achieve that final piece and build the reputation behind it.
|New Dawn, 40" x 30"|
Sometimes, though, the brushes that are the most used and loved become the best tools. For Elizabeth, this rings true. Some of her favorite brushes have been around the studio for years, and others are only used to sign her name or work just with her delicate watercolor pieces. Since she primarily works in acrylics, and paints abstractly, Elizabeth relies not only on brushes, but also her inventory of tools for working paint on the canvas. "I have found that rollers can be used to create various textures, as well as sponges, rags, hair combs, your hands, etc. . . so much can be found around the house and any hardware store," she explains.
|Juxtapoz, 30" x 40"|
|Poise, 36" x 24"|
Elizabeth Chapman's work is available for sale through Zatista, an online art gallery. You can see her shop here: Elizabeth Chapman on Zatista
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.