Hi. I’m Brad Teare and this is thick paint. Today we are going to be talking about a technique known as loading the brush. I’d like to demonstrate what I mean by that by showing some close-ups of some of my paintings. As you get closer to this patch of paint you can see a lot a color intertwined together. I accomplished that by putting different layers of color on my brush usually using a palette knife. Here I have a 36” x 36” canvas. It has been gessoed and I have transferred my drawing over to the canvas using a grid. You can see it here. I have used a chalk line to drop that in. This is a little bit different from what I normally use. I normally put down a layer of red colored gesso or stain the canvas with red iron oxide over the gesso. Just as an experiment I wanted to try this gray gesso. Normally I will put red underneath a predominantly green painting so little bits of red will shimmers through and get a little bit of vibration. I don’t like to rely on formulas so I wanted to try something different here. I don’t think it well affect our sky too much and that is what I’ll be demonstrating. I’m going to mix some color here on the palette and we’ll dive in. This is my value scale and it has values from one to nine. That’s black and that’s white and there are seven values in between. We’ll make one of these later. This is the leftover paint from the last time I painted. After I’m done painting I cleanup my palette and put all my color up here. I find it’s a nice way to get some broken color, some random color into a boring mixture. I’m going to lay out my palette here. The sky will be anywhere from a nine value down to seven in the darkest area. I don’t want to overmix my color. As you can see there’s a lot of color going into this mixture. That color is a seven if we mix a little Andanthrone blue in there that’ll be about right. It’s starting to be too low of a value. We’ve got to keep that light. Let’s check that. That’s a seven so that’s good. What’s that color? It’s an eight. So that’s good. The closer you hold the brush to the canvas the more paint you get off. Here’s the painting with the sky all painted in. I’ve mixed up some paint in order to paint the mountain range. What I want to do now is paint in the mountain using the smaller brush and the three pigments I mixed up. Take a look at this stroke right here. I put that on the brush from my palette knife here. I’m just going to lay that in right here. I don’t want to overwork it too much. I put a little but of white paint in there. Now I’m picking up a little bit of lighter paint from the sky and just to put it there. And that’s basically it. You’ll notice a lot of texture there. I hope that was of some benefit. If you have any ideas you’d like to add to this technique I hope you’ll write them down in the comments. I look forward to your ideas. Thank you.