GALLERY – Watercolours
Most of the following artworks have been produced on a Saunders Waterford or Arches heavyweight 640gsm rough watercolour paper. The paper is stretched to enable it to keep it’s shape once wet. Heavy wet washes of watercolour paint can still warp even the heaviest of papers. The paper’s rough texture can deliver little anomalies in the look of the painting; an uneven line or a lighter or more in depth colour in places, the paint can also bleed or run but that is what keeps it exciting to work with. The introduction of ink can define a painting but can also provide its own challenges.
GALLERY – Acrylics
Acrylic is a versatile paint as it can be applied in very thin washes which almost give the look of a chalky pastel painting or it can be applied with palette knives so the paint is thick and textured and like icing on a cake. It also comes in spray cans and in ink form so encourages experimental work. It dries quickly, unlike oil paint which can take days to dry before more detail can be applied. Although sometimes it is nice to be able to play with the paint a little longer and different mediums can be added to the acrylic paint to prevent quick drying. Acrylic can be applied to many different surfaces but most artists tend to use canvas boards or stretched canvas panels. The following artworks are a mix of acrylic paint, sprays and inks and some are further enhanced with gold leaf.
Gallery – ink & watercolour with detail on conservation mount
All paintings are produced on the same watercolour paper I use for my single watercolour paintings. There is a lot of preparation that goes into these pieces from the creation of the splashed background watercolour pieces of paper (believe me the splashy backgrounds are a little more difficult than you probably think) to the hand cut mounts. The pieces are attached to the mount with ph neutral tape to avoid the tape affecting the paper or mount. The mount is conservation textured mountboard and has a stay white core.