I mentioned last night that I would write a post on edges. I have written a lot about edges back in the first months of this blog. The painting last night had an edge handling problem. I want to show you a little about that. Above is a painting of a mountain ( humor me, the mountain is the lower shape). The brushstroke runs the same way as the mountain and is visibly striated. That sets up an unnatural relationship between the mountain and the sky. This is clumsy and evil.
Here is one of several possible better fixes. This time the strokes bear no relation to the mountain. I pulled them away from its edge. This is better handling generally. This is true in a still life of an object or around a face in a portrait. The strokes can be pulled together to make them less visible. This also doesn't leave a ridge of paint where the sky and the mountain meet.
Then I can soften the edge with a brush from which I have wiped all of the loose paint with a rag. Just tapping or carefully pulling the brush along the edge will soften it.
Above is how I was taught in the Ives Gammell studio. When working on a picture day after day, it was good to paint the background down over the object, like so......
Then the object would be painted back up over the wet background. This confers several advantages. One since you have wet up both sides, you are not trying to get a soft edge of wet paint on top of dry paint. That is very difficult to control well. But the big advantage to this is for folks working a number of sessions on a painting. If you don't do this and you repaint the passage repeatedly you will develop a thick and visible edge where the two forms meet.
I wanted to mention that Armand Cabrera is showing Waugh paintings along with some quotes from Waugh on seascape painting. Armand Cabrera Art and Influence. He has a great blog and I link to it on my side bar. However the Waugh posts are of particular interest to me and I think to readers of this blog as I have referred to Waugh repeatedly. He shows some nice Waugh paintings too. Those are hard to find.