disconnected ideas for thought
I just found this forum because I can't sleep tonight. I have no talent for painting, but I have a few disconnected ideas someone might find interesting.
First: there is a show on our local public broadcasting network that "teaches different painting techniques" called the Happy Paintbrush, someone might be able to order copies of the show for ideas. Watch him on the net to see his style. I don't paint but the guy is always painting very delightful scenes, so i watch.
Second: I once lived near a group of people that still lived much like the Amish. Some of them would take old saws or saw-blades and do tole painting on them. They used every type of blade from the big two-man pull saws to the round blades for modern table-top saws. They painted mountain scenes, seascapes, squirrels, pine-cones,... and they sold them at local craft fairs and made well.
Last: an art called Liquid embroidery was popular a few years back and they had a few pattern books out and the works turned out looking very similar to tole painting. perhaps someone could look in those books for ideas.
Hope I haven't stepped on any one's toes by chiming in when I don't paint. I'll disappear now and hopefully there won't be too many nights that I can't sleep.