“Simplify, simplify, simplify” has become a mantra for Ron Stocke. “As an impressionist painter, I try to convince the viewer that they are looking at an object that I have created with brushstrokes and value,” he says. “Over time, I’ve come to realize that the simpler the shape, the more power it can have. Now, I purposely try to create each shape with as few brushstrokes as possible.”
One way he accomplishes that is by using large brushes. “An area may take 100 brushstrokes to paint with a small brush, but I can cover the same territory with 10 strokes of a large brush. I tend to make fewer mistakes using a large brush, as well.”
Stocke also avoids getting hung up on the details of a shape. He keeps things simple and loose by squinting at his subject or stealing only a quick glance, rather than studying it closely. “Just a few seconds is all I need for my mind to register the shape itself,” he says. “I’ve learned to look not only at the specific object I want to paint, but at the positive and negative spaces that surround or connect the shape, as well. In this way, squares become less rigid, circles less clear. Unless it falls within my focal point, an abstraction of the shape is always best.”
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I always paint with oil so I am just learning watercolor. The above paintings are outstanding.
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