Figures & Critters
For me, painting is about emotion and connection, so what better way is there to explore these than my favorite, the human figure? I use whatever approach will get the emotional impact I want. If this means impressionism, fine; if it means realism or semi-abstract, so be it. People are full of mystery, though, so I usually try not to tell the viewer every little thing. As soon as the painting speaks, I stop.
My favorite brush for painting the figure I my Isabey Series 6227 Full-bellied Round No. 14 for its amazing water handling characteristics and its carefully assembled, wonderfully fine point. If you want to go the Ted Nuttall “sloppy dot” route, you’ll either want the less pointed Raphael Kolinsky brush he uses, or your old Isabey with the point worn off.