Yosemite in Eyeshadow, Redux
Next, I dipped the wet brush into the makeup and stroked, stamped or scrumbled (rubbed wildly) it on the drawing. Paintbrushes make distinctive marks when you use regular paint, and you can use the tip of a brush to suggest the shape of trees, or use an almost dry brush to suggest rocks and sand.
To me, the experiment was worth the cost of the eyeshadows! I'm always wondering, "What will make good paint? This clay? This charcoal? The skin of these blueberries?" I didn't find a new paint, it's true, but I do have a better understanding of what makes a good one.
-- Sue Fierston paints and teaches just outside of Washington, D.C. in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a painter, she works in acrylics and watercolor and is in the middle of a series called "100 Flowers." As a teaching artist, she works with teachers to bring art into their classrooms in grades 4-8. Her posts focus on her nature-themed art collaborations. For a look at her paintings or more about her teaching, check out her website at suzannefierston.com.