I'm actually not a fan of red- I use it very rarely - and in this case, I was trying to push myself out of this rut of soft colors. I still can't decide if I like the finished piece, but it's getting there!
What is your favorite brush?
I don't use fancy brushes because I lose everything. My favorite brush right now is my Loew-Cornell fat 11 brush from their 12 brush set...you can find this set for less than $10 and it's fantastic! I love using fat brushes to lay down big swaths of color. If I use little brushes I get too worried about each little line, so big brushes help me to just make a commitment and paint a little more freely.
What is your favorite paper/surface to paint on?
I paint pretty small paintings right now on watercolor paper or stretched canvas due to limited space, but I absolutely love to paint murals. Years ago when I first started painting, I would paint these huge wooden signs to advertise for my high school's musical productions. I loved it! I would spend weeks outside with buckets of paint, climbing up and down ladders, working on little details that came together to make this big image - it was wonderful! So, give me an empty wall in Boston and I'll be a very happy camper.
What is your favorite color to work with?
This is a pretty difficult question! I really love to work with soft pastel colors, and I'm sort of in a pink rut right now. Pink is my comfort zone (which is really weird because I never liked pink until my 20s).