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Logansport man finds hobby in unique painting style

Logansport man finds hobby in unique painting style

The radio playing in the garage, the cloud of paint fumes thick in the air, Brad Foster stood in his driveway before two tables.

One was covered in cans of spray paint, a putty knife and other necessities while the other was modified to hold the swiveling mechanism of a bass boat seat, which he used to turn the glossy sheet that was his canvas.

The 41-year-old applied several layers of different colors of spray paint to the paper, one on top of the other, juggling through cans at a pace of someone who has been doing this for a while. At times he would spray the ones he'd forgotten to mark onto the table to see what color they were, their inconvenient lids long gone.

Then came the putty knife, which he used to make careful incisions, remembering the exact order he applied the layers in and applying just the right amount of pressure to scrape away all but the color he intended.

With a rubber-glove-covered hand, he smeared the colors together in areas, creating the subtle movements of calm water and storm clouds forming in the distance.

After carving away all but the oranges and yellows in the center of the paper that became the skyscrapers illuminating the sky above and the water below, the Indiana Department of Transportation employee by day, artist by afternoon and night, had finished.

The whole process took about 20 minutes.

When Foster was surfing the web a few years ago and came across a video of an artist using spray paint and unconventional tools to create vivid paintings, he thought to himself, "I can do this."

His genes and his childhood helped prepare him for the new undertaking. His father, Elmer Foster, painted vehicles. His mother, Marjorie Foster, painted for fun, whether it was flowers on outhouses or peoples' soapbox derby cars. His uncle, Harry "Hobby" Elliott, painted signs and billboards in and around Logansport.

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