Add in after drying…..

Add in after drying…..

      If you ever have trouble adding in the detail into a painting such as these yachts above, it's an idea to let the whole painting dry and then use a ball point pen to draw in what it is you are wishing as there is more control.  

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Framing

Framing

Framing is such a personal and individual thing.  For me, the mount and frame acts as a palette almost for the colours being depicted - it's the foundation. As my artwork is always colourful and bright, I tend to use a white background, whereas...

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Fun with Layers

Fun with Layers

I'm having a lot of fun with art students, at the moment, as we discover the art of layers.  With this particular art student, we started with wet-on-wet oil within the archway, with a layer of acrylic around the outer edge.  The acrylic was then...

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Contrast and Balance

Contrast and Balance

When we underpaint a scene, consideration needs to be given as to the colours used on top.  For example, in the painting above, we know that the yellows/oranges/reds of the sky can easily take and allow the strong colours of the blues and greens to be placed on...

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Have you ever tried……

Have you ever tried……

Have you ever had a go at painting with the opposite hand you would normally use or completed a painting using one hand and then the other?  It can produce some interesting results and show us how balanced and centred we are within ourselves.  Give it a go,...

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Only Opportunities!

Only Opportunities!

     In my world, there are only ever opportunities for growth and expansion and I have, at times, created my greatest pieces of artwork from a so-called "hasn't quite gone right painting".  In the above photos, you can see how I started with...

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