Monthly Archives: September 2012

Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 7 – Studies

For some artists, studies are an integral part of their practice and may have a set pattern of exploring studies before even considering the final piece of artwork. I try to keep my practice as spontaneous as possible with an element of organisation, without which nothing would really get done. The two words spontaneous and […]

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American artist Ed Ruscha curates a major show in Vienna.

I remember towards the end of 2009 I went to see a retrospective exhibition of the American painter Ed Ruscha at the Hayward Gallery in London. I’d spent the majority of my day at Tate Britain and then Tate Modern, probably having a look at the Turner Prize exhibition. I certainly remember Ruscha’s exhibition, called […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 6 – Layers, Trust & Patience.

When creating a painting of this type, it is very tempting to try to achieve a finished look very early on in its development. For many painters the process of painting is one of layering (painting and repainting), where the image becomes increasingly ingrained in the artist’s eye. In effect the artist lives and breathes […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 5 – Establishing Tone & Detail

In my last post I showed the fleshing out process. The next step is to begin to establish the tonal dynamics of the painting and gradually add detail. I ghosted out (by painting over the whole canvas with a unifying transparent tone) the shapes that I had created when fleshing out. The reason for this […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 4 – Fleshing Out

The beginning stages of establishing forms in paint is called ‘fleshing out’. I try to remember to apply the paint quite loosely and freely without being overly concerned with detail, which comes later. It’s a similar process to carving in sculpture, where you start with a block of material and then carve out large chunks […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 3 – Details With Meaning

Today I added a detail to my latest painting in the form of canvas tacks. These were used traditionally when stretching canvas over a wooden frame to pin down the canvas. Now the staple gun is more widely used due to convenience and ease of use. I had already stretched linen over the frames I’d […]

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