Folk art or fine art, any image is a combination of shapes. They give structure to my assemblage, sculptural and painterly works. I watch and listen as they converse with each other through volume, position, color, and form. Those are my guides for creating cohesive art.
I have favorite brushes that I use while painting contemporary folkart. I wish I knew what made them my favorites so I'd buy more just like them when the time came. But, like everything in life, you don't know how they'll react until you get some miles on them. The one thing they all have in common is they lose their points. Some became really splayed, some look like a spikey hairdo. And they take on a different attitude when put to the canvas, or wood. They knew what would happen. They've been there before. That's what I love about them. I was reluctant to replace them when they lost their appetite for paint because it can be so expensive. But then I found I liked that they didn't have any point. It forced me to use their resources as best I could. I built a style around it. It kept me loose. And soft. - Perfect.