Friday, January 18, 2013

Brush Strokes

My latest trip to the library I found two good books on how to use brushes to achieve certain looks. I can apply these techniques to my paintings on clay. The first one is The Sumi-e Dream Book by Yolanda Mayhall which shows what I would call a more loose style of painting. I just did a search to link to this book on Amazon and coincidences never cease. The author lives in Dunnellon, Florida, not thirty miles from my home. Perhaps I'll meet her some day.

The second book, Painting Weathered Buildings by Claudine Nice has many illustrations on which brushes to use to achieve certain surfaces for buildings. These brush strokes and techniques can be applied to any subject matter. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I'm not familiar with the buildings book, but find Yolanda Mayhall's book invaluable. I started with SUMI-E just For You by Hakuho Hirayama. It starts at the most basic level and goes from there.

  2. You are going to have lots of fun practicing brush strokes. Jeff has a sumi techniques book that I often refer too.

  3. Thanks, I'll be checking my local library today.

  4. I predict some amazing art work ahead. Perhaps you could check to see if the author of the art book teaches any classes in her area.

  5. I love the way working in ceramics can bring together so many other skills - looks like you have found some inspiring useful books...

  6. Hi Suzi, thanks, I am learning about clay all in the reverse it seems. I try something then I do some research Ha.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I remember you mentioning about Jeff's book.

    Hi Lori, thanks, both books are really good resources. I was surprised about the second book but the types of brushes and the effects that can be made with each is illustrated quite well in that book.

    Hi Dee, thanks, I was think the same thing about checking to see if she teaches any classes.

    Hi Anna, thanks, it is interesting to learn how other skills can be used with clay; there is never a dull moment working with clay that's for sure.


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