One of the problems facing acrylic artists is that this type of paint often dries out too quickly. Artists who work in acrylics ( as I do, albeit occasionally) know how frustrating it is when you leave a specially mixed colour, for even a short time, to find on your return, that the paint on the palette, is now as hard as a rock, totally unworkable and, therefore, quite useless……
Having seen artists try to keep their acrylics moist via the use of cling film, kitchen foil and assorted covers, which worked for a couple of hours but not much longer, I have a solution that works very well, even in the summer heat of my Breton Studio. That is, to place the palette, plate, and so forth, on which you have mixed the paints, in a (preferably) clear plastic box that has a tightly fitting lid. This container will keep the acrylics moist and totally useable for several days. I use the container for a brand of chocolates (covered in gold foil) that are extremely popular at Christmas, for this purpose, and it has never let me down. I hope this tip will be of use to you.
This little pond has a never ending fascination for our two cats as they stare endlessly into its’ depths for the noisy frogs that live in this shady environment. Sold.
Large original signed landscape. Details and price of this large, original and signed artwork are available on request. It is an autumnal view of a nearby town, with its unique church spire and the group of village houses nestling in the surrounding landscape.
One discipline that many artists lack is that of keeping their materials and equipment in good order, easy to find and disposed of when no longer required. The reason I say this is that recently, I was asked to dispose of the contents of a deceased artist and was quite amazed at the amount of totally unusable “stuff” he had accumulated over the years.
Considering this man was a competant watercolourist who worked in a very limited palette and on only one brand and size of watercolour paper, the huge amount of extraneous art brushes, pencils, pens, crayons, charcoal, acrylics and oils plus assorted thinners, etc., plus canvas and board that he had and would never use, was quite extraordinary. So why not like me, make an inventory of what you actually use and want, bin the rubbish and give what you don’t and won’t need to those who can make good use of it?
Commissioned artwork, featuring a popular local tourist townland.
Drawing and painting are therapeutic, creative, educational and above all, hugely enjoyable occupations. My Studio (just 35 mins. from Rennes) is open to visitors all year round and you are welcome to enjoy the 2 hour (1-2-1) highly acclaimed art sessions that I hold (indoors and outdoors) during the year. For further information, please fill in the form below and e-mail it to me. For artists and non-artists, there is residential accommodation too.
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Whenever you see an Artist at work, you will note how wrapped up he or she is, in their work. I think this is because the very act of drawing or painting is hugely theraputic and it can enable you to pour out your soul onto a piece of paper, board or canvas.
The demands of creating an artwork are both intensive and satisfactory ‘though the Artist may have to dig very deep in order to release their creativity and produce an artwork that is pleasing to them and to the viewer.
Drawing and painting are personal – very noticeable when one views the pencil, etc., choice and the colour palette of individual artists. Outgoing people tend to use lots of dramatic shading in their illustrations and equally lots of yellow, orange, rust and red in their paintings. More reserved personalities tend to draw simple outline sketches and go for muted greens, soft blue/greys and brown colours.
Artists tend to enjoy themselves when working and this in itself is a truly healing action. Of course, we throw away work that doesn’t please us , but that actually increases the feeling of well-being, when we produce an artwork with which we are truly satisfied.
An artwork can be as simple or as complex as you require it to be, and if you lose yourself in its’ production, then the healing magic of Art has done you a great favour.
The example that I have shown here was painted on cardboard (primed with 3 coats white mat ) and then painted in ordinary emulsion to create the artwork.
Please join me at La Plesse, for a series of challenging, enjoyable and highly rewarding, drawing and painting workshops, in a variety of mediums and on a range of themes.
My Art Studio is located at Ercé en Lamée, situated 35 k south of Rennes, Brittany, W. France, Dept. 35. For more information please e-mail me at :- firstname.lastname@example.org
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An African sky at sunset; oil on board.