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bcottman 10-01-2006 07:25 PM

Brenton Cottman
Not specifically matte painting, but.. I posted some plein air sketches that I'd done over the summer that I thought some might be interested in.
check them out here.

cstoski 10-01-2006 07:59 PM

Very nice work Brenton! Nice composition, color palette and texture! The brush texture you achieve in the sand and the white-water waves breaking on the beach is wonderful. It's also really refreshing to see someone post traditional paintings. It's fun to see your painting at various stages and your work environment (the other photos in the link). I'd love to see more in the future.

bcottman 10-01-2006 09:12 PM

Thanks Chris.
Yeah, the painters I tend to admire are usually very suggestive and loose with areas of their brushwork almost looking haphazard. It is something that I have continually fought with, as my tendency is to render and blend everything out. Leaving half the canvas as a formless texture took a bit of a leap.

Funny you mention my work environment, I used to have a second room set up to work in, now I am on a french easel in my kitchen with cat toys littering the background. I agree though, itís always cool to see someone's set up and process.

Glad you liked it

waheednasir 10-02-2006 09:40 AM

hi bcottman, this is my very first post/reply here...:). i really like your painting, nicely done. good work on the composition and i personaly like visible brushwork, that i can see here. looks really fine from distance, thats what i like about this style...:).


bcottman 10-02-2006 09:10 PM

waheednasir. thanks for the comments.
You have some great paintings on you website as well.

pablo 10-03-2006 06:51 AM

Beautiful painting Brenton, the textures and light are really nice.

Pablo Palomeque

adam 10-04-2006 08:14 AM

I agree, this painting is beautiful and refreshing.
It gave me the feeling of walking on my favourite beach,
and that's awesome. Impressionistic, great lighting.

bcottman 12-06-2006 11:29 PM

Ive been doing gouache sketches in a mid sized sketchbook recently as an alternative to oil. Ive put a couple up on my site.
This one I did over Thanksgiving weekend. I went to Yosemite Valley... great place. Spent 1/2 hour to an hour. this is close to the actual size.

lightwell 12-07-2006 03:22 AM

Great work, I really enjoyed looking at your blog this morning, it has set me up for the day.

One quick question, I keep seeing references to Masonite board being used as a painting surface but each time I try to ask for it here in the UK, I am met by blank looks. We probably do have it, but by a different name. It looks and sounds like either hardboard or MDF but I could be wrong. Don't suppose you or maybe some of the UK based guys might know what its equivalent is here? I am looking to do some larger gouache work for the first time in years but wanted to find a good surface without having to stretch paper.


bcottman 12-07-2006 09:59 AM

Masonite is a smooth hard particle board. I dont think there is any difference between it and hardboard. masonite is usually sold at lumber yards and is cheaper than the hardboard I find in art stores. basically the same thing though. Ive never used gouach on masonite. Illustration board may be a good way to go as well.

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