A HELPING HAND FOR ARTISTS.

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When you are on a tight budget and are purchasing an inexpensive framed canvas, remember these usually have a somewhat porous fabric.  If you wish to avoid using a large amount of paint/thinning agents for the finish you require,  buy a large carton of Gesso (a type of chalk based bonding agent) and prime the surface with several coats of this quick-drying material.   The results will give you a smooth and relatively non-absorbant surface which is ideal to work on and which gives very good results to your artwork.      I have to stress, however, that in order for your portrait work to maximise your art skills, only the very best quality canvas will suffice.   And even they, may require a coat of this primer to give you the very smooth surface you may require.

Perhaps you work in watercolours?   In this instance, a small bottle of artist’s gum arabic or drawing glue is an excellent investment.   This  permits (a) colours to flow freely and easily under your brush and (b) it does not allow the paper to become saturated and thus unworkable.    However, if you are painting with acrylics or gouache, then conventional water is probably still the best material for use as the spreading agent.

Now I come to a somewhat contentious piece of advice.    Artist who work in oils, know that they can take a very long time to dry, even when used in conjunction with a drying agent.   Water-based oils, though, dry quite quickly, but aren’t all that popular as to date their finish and spreadability and colour range is frankly not the same as their oil counterparts.    I have found, that adding a little bit of acrylic to an oil colour (obviously exactly the same colour, hue, tone, etc.,) enables the oil paint to dry very quickly.   A word of warning though.   This mix has to be applied with a soft brush and brushed very well onto the canvas, so as to avoid brush marks when the colour dries out.

If you have any queries or would like to join my Master Class Art Classes, please e-mail me at:- art2cherish@orange.fr or fill in the form on this site for a quick response.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope it will be useful to you.Anne in Studio

 

 

 

 

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Drawing and painting – a personal invitation to you.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, buildings, Car illustratiion, cartoon, contemporary art, Drawing and Painting Classes, illustrtation, ink, ink drawing, Landscap[es, Line and wash, motoring artwork, Nude, oil painting, painting, pencil and crayon, Pencil drawing/, portrait, Still life

Drawing and painting are therapeutic, creative and above all, hugely enjoyable occupations.   From October, my Studio (just 35 mins. from Rennes) will be open to visitors and I will be starting my 2 hour (1-2-1) highly acclaimed  art sessions.   For further information, please fill in the form below and e-mail it to me.

 

 

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ADDING IMPACT TO YOUR ARTWORK.

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There are lots of Artists,who like me, enjoy painting action pictures.   However, in many instances, these artworks, excellent as they are, lack impact.   The viewer is erroniously given the impression that the subject is static, when in fact, this is the reverse situation.

Whether you chose to illustrate a horse(s) running, a person jumping over a water splash, a motor-bike rider cornering hard, or as below, a rally car throwing up a lot of dust and gravel, whilst driving at speed, then you need to show the viewer that this is an action  packed artwork.    This painting of the legendary French Rally Driver, Michele Mouton, driving the mighty Audi Quattro Group B rally car, is phase two of this particular motoring artwork, painted on box canvas in artists’ oils and size 50cm x 70cm.

Reminder:- new series of one-to-one art classes (2 hours’ duration) starting in Oct. next; all welcome.

 

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What influences an Artist???

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I am often asked, particularly by my students, what are my influences and why do I draw and paint cars.   The answer is simple.   From early childhood, cars and to a smaller extent, motorbikes, played a large role in my life.   As children, we even played games, (with our eyes closed)  when on a bus, as to which passing car we could identify by its’ engine noise…..

At l7 I got my driving licence and at l8 I bought my first motor-bike…….which I had to maintain myself, so my interest in things technical became a necessity as well as doing something that  I actually liked.   When I got my first car, (an “interesting” Triumph Herald Coupé) I became hooked on all things to do with motorsport, including driving, as shown above (yes, that is me, buckling up in that Subaru last Sunday ) quick cars and that too has influenced my specialisation in motoring artwork.

However, I have always owned pets and these too are part of my art network, so to speak.   Buildings too and their renovation, inside and out, being part of my career, has also influenced my artwork.   And my final influence has been the garden, hence a smattering of floral based artworks!    As an Art Tutor, I believe it is important that artists draw and paint subjects with which they are relatively familiar and comfortable.   Illustrating a subject or subjects in which the artist has no interest will probably result in a poorly crafted work.

My new series of hugely enjoyable One-to-One Art Classes ( all mediums; portraiture; still-life; animals; floral; scenic, buildings and yes, cars, etc., ) will commence at the end of October and if you would like any information about these 2 hour sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to meeting you and influencing you to becoming a top class Artist.    Thank you for taking the time to read this and perhaps to share it on, and as we say, here in Brittany, a bientot.

Brittany – Professional Drawing and Painting Courses.

Anne D'Alton's Artworks, buildings, canvas, Car illustratiion, charcoal, contemporary art, Drawing and Painting Classes, illustrtation, ink, ink drawing, Landscap[es, Line and wash, motoring artwork, Nude, oil painting, painting, pencil and crayon, Pencil drawing/, portrait, Still life, watercolour

Clematis and thatched cottagesDo you  want to master the skill of making quick and accurate drawings and paintings? Or do you long to create a truly superb work of art?

Then come an join me in my fully equipped Art Studio in gorgeous Brittany – and make your dream come true…

As a working Artist-Painter, I have many years’ experience ( In Ireland and in France) of teaching people how to produce lst class illustrations and paintings – in all fields and in all aspects of drawing and painting mediums and materials.

Although I specialise in one-to-one Professional, Art Personal Tuition, I also hold a number of challenging Open Days (limited to just 4 persons) which comprise a Professional Art Class in the morning and in the afternoon, the students are given the time to unleash their creativity and to create a wonderful  work of art of their own.

For full details and tariffs on these excellent programmes, etc., please contact me at:-

art2cherish@orange.fr.

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