Wednesday, 15 August 2012

New Materials New Opportunities

Daler Rowney FW Acrylic inks

One of the joys of being an artist is that you get to try new materials and mediums I can't help but get a little excited at the prospect of exploring the possibilities of my new acrylic inks. When I work away from my studio I require a more portable medium that will allow me to do some quick pen and ink sketches and at the same time completed pieces with the same intensity of colour which acrylic paints allow me to achieve. Humping a whole load of canvas, paints and associated brushes, pallet knives, varnishes and other materials is just sometimes not possible, or convenient.

Central Park SketchNew York Sketch Essex House

I also want to revisit the style of my New York Sketches which were quick little studies completed on street corners in Manhattan in 5 or 10 minutes. I love the fun, naivety and freshness of these and will try to emulate this with views of London. The added advantage is that I can work in a fresh watercolour style too. My first finished work is a painting of a landscape at sunset, which for a first effort I'm very pleased with.

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

How Long to Commission a Painting

In this instance over 10 years! My client had seen some of my abstract paintings at an exhibition over ten years ago and had promised that when she bought her first home she would treat herself to a piece my art. Sure enough having got on the property ladder this year she found me via google, we exchanged a few emails to discuss size, style and colour and 2 weeks later she has fulfilled her promise to herself.

This large red abstract painting now adorns the walls of her new home, and she is over the moon with it. Some promises are definitely worth keeping. Each painting tells it's own individual story and in this case it's a long one.