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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 12 – Finishing, Hard Work & Ambition.

This post is the last in this series and I want to end on the topic of finishing and the hard work that is needed for this to take place. For those of you that haven’t been following. The series of blog posts I’ve been writing titled┬áLet’s Achieve Something Great Together follow the creation of […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 11 – Set Backs & Routine.

Having turned 40 recently and then not long after being struck down by the flu (where I was bed ridden for the best part of a week) it’s not surprising that I’ve gotten behind with my painting. Being ill has been a blessing in that it forced me to rest and in the end rewarded […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 10 – Exploring ‘Hidden’ Depths.

When we paint in what could be called a representational, figurative or realistic style, each artist has a unique decision to make. How much visual ‘information’ is necessary? Does adding more ‘detail’ mean that the painting gets increasingly better? There is of course no clear-cut answer to these questions, which is why it is so […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 9 – Progress Makes Perfect

A while ago I had a conversation about the process of making art with someone who doesn’t make art themselves. They appeared overwhelmed by what they thought was a lack of inherent skill on their part, saying ‘I could never do that’. It seemed that they were focusing on the practical side of the process […]

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Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 8 – Paint, Don’t Paint & Deadlines.

The experience of painting (note that I chose to describe it as experience, rather than practice) is like any other in our perception, there are highs and lows, there is ebb and flow, but we continue. The painting will continue its journey towards completion and has a natural path. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I don’t […]

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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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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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