18x24 inch acrylic painting
by Tom Brown
This painting was done many years ago at a time when I favored a great amount of detail in my paintings. The degree of looseness or tightness used in the brush strokes is a very personal issue, and I thought it may be of interest to my followers to see this painting of a Midwestern barn done in the distant past.
In the early years of my art career I favored an almost photo-realistic approach in my paintings. In the detail image here you can see that I paid a lot of attention to tiny details like the texture of glass compared with wood grain.
I even accentuated minute details like the highlight on the shard of broken glass and how the cross-cut texture of wood used for the window frame differs from the rough-hewn barn siding.
Over the years my taste and artistic development evolved. Today I favor a more emotionally charged brush stroke.
I feel the type of stroke I use today more clearly communicates the heart and soul of what I want to express in my work. Both styles are valid. It is purely a matter of subjective interpretation for the individual artist.
Let me know if you found this interesting. It’s a little glimpse into the distant past.