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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 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 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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