The Saltaire Studio

Work in Progress - As if the day...

Work in Progress - As if the day...

My time for painting is very limited so when I do get a couple of days completely free I like to scale up and let loose on a large pieces of Arches paper.

I'm not really sure where the inspiration for this painting came from other than the dark autumnal colours; it isn't a scene that I recognise. Sometimes a painting just comes about because of the colours that I want to use and I was really wanting to create a large scale imposing clouds scene. 

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Work in progress - Dark Fells

Work in progress - Dark Fells

I originally approached this painting with a God's own type image in mind - think more brilliant summery greens.... Well... that didn't quite go to plan but I am really pleased with the results and the colours are a change for me and I love them.

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Making cold wax medium

Making cold wax medium

Since I started using the cold wax medium with oils I have always bought it off the shelf, ready made. I was aware you could make your own but the idea of heating up solvents wasn't really on my bucket list. However spending 2018 teaching the use of cold wax medium I thought it was about time to experiment and really get to know the medium a little more. 

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Art & York 2018

Art & York 2018

It was my first time applying for the Art& event and I was really pleased to have been selected for their York show in October 2018. It was quite a different type of art fair to ones I had done previously as you were provided with a blank shell unit which you then had to curate yourself. 

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Art in the Pen, Skipton

Art in the Pen, Skipton

This was my second time at Art in the Pen in Skipton so I knew what I had in store in terms of set-up etc. This year I was further up the aisle and until I arrived wouldn't know what the lighting would be like in that area.

Art in the Pen is held in an auction market so isn't designed to be a gallery. Some areas of the big shed are particularly dark, whilst others are smellier!

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Jack and Iggy

Jack and Iggy

Since Jack and Ig moved in, the house now smells a lot more. The toilet seat is always left down as Ig has a tendency to fall in it and we have discovered that it's not just Andrex puppies who like toilet rolls. 

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