The Saltaire Studio

Scaling up

Scaling up

I have absolutely loved being back in the studio painting and this time I have been experimenting with scale and surface. For the last 3 years I have been mainly painting with cold wax on a smaller scale and on paper. I love working on the paper but you can only scale up so far with work that has to be behind glass, unless of course you fix the paper to the board and well I know that will just go terribly wrong for me. 

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Making a painting go pop!

Making a painting go pop!

You've probably realised by now that I do like to paint dark foreboding skies (AKA Clouds of Doom!) with dramatic contrasts between light and dark colours. With the use of transparent oranges or yellows over the tops of the contrasting lights and darks this can create quite a dramatic effect.

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Workshop with the Guiseley Art Club

Workshop with the Guiseley Art Club

I had such a lovely time over the Bank Holiday weekend with the Guiseley Art Club who invited me to run a one day workshop for them on using oils with cold wax.

The work they produced in such a short period of time was fantastic and to top it off they also created this wonderful video of the day.

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The Letterbox series...?

The Letterbox series...?

Is it a series? Well I seem to be creating quite a number of pieces lately using this format but also using the metallic powders. It is starting to be a fairly significant body of work that I have decided to hold on to them for now with the idea of exhibiting them all together at an exhibition towards the end of the year. 

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Letterbox

Letterbox

Having gone through a period of painting square paintings I have moved back to the landscape format.

I happened to fold a piece of Arches paper by the long length and have found this letterbox shape much more pleasing for the ideas I am currently working on. 

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Handmade cards

Handmade cards

There are times however where I like to take a big sheet of Arches paper and just mess around with oil colour, dry pigments, glazes, experimenting with tools to see what textures they can make. It's all a bit of fun really and an opportunity for me to just go a little crazy and not worry about the mess I am making or about trying to resolve into a painting.

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