Varnishing in the studio

How to finish an acrylic painting – part I

One of the things I have always been concerned about since starting my business around fourteen years ago has been customer satisfaction. I will leap through hoops to make sure my clients are happy with what they pay for – it is a lesson I have learnt very well having spent even longer in customer service. This has not changed now that my focus is my artwork. So one of the first problems I was faced with when starting to paint to sell, was how to find the right equipment and materials to ensure that no matter the skill of my art, the actual physical piece would be good quality and finished correctly. I may not be Da Vinci or Michelangelo, but considering the products they had to work with versus what I have access to, I expect my final product to at least last a lifetime.

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Faceless

Welcome to my new website!

It has been a long time in coming, but it is finally here. It feels like ages since I posted a blog post, probably because it is and I have to say it feels good to be writing again. So what has been happening in the last six months? October saw two paintings sell. November […]

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Ironbark

I’ve discovered Instagram

Taking a break from my Retrospective posts tonight because I’ve been wrapped up in an argument between Instagram, my new Android phone and my iPad. But before I rave about what is going wrong, I have to say something about what is going right.

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Silver Sands

G is for Grey

Recently, greys have been a little baffling for me. Grey has always been a mix of black and white, but for anyone who has been looking at colour theory, as I have, will discover that the theory says that if you mix complementary colours (those opposite on the colour wheel) you will get a grey.

This is news to me. I’d always considered those colours to be browns, often very useful browns, but the literature says they are greys (or grays if you prefer the traditional American spelling).

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Isabel pastel portrait

F is for Flesh

I have to say that the title of this post is a little creepy. But no, we are talking the colour of flesh, one of the most challenging colours to create, particularly if you are painting caucasian.

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Altamira Bison

E is for Earth

When I was a kid we had some friends who were building a house not far from an old quarry. Being kids we played in the quarry which was literally dripping with clay deposits (it was winter, there was rain, and can we say mud?). Little did I know that I was playing with the raw ingredients of the paints I would end up painting with as an adult. There were several different colours and I had the time of my life getting myself coated in them. The quarry is gone now, eaten by housing estates, but it would be fun to go back and look at those colours and wonder.

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