The Saltaire Studio

Dark Fells

Dark Fells

These dark winter nights are having quite an impact on my work at the moment. Not in a bad way but more in terms of my palette being quite dark and lots of clouds of doom appearing in paintings.

When I am working with cold wax I tend to use palette knives and tools that you would normally associate with baking. I generally don't use brushes to apply the paint but I do use them for blending and the perfect brush for that is a fan brush.

A soft synthetic fan brush is ideal - anything stiffer will drag the paint which isn't the effect I want.

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I use the fan brush to gently blend colours that are dramatically different in colour and tone.

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The aim is to try and retain as much of the original colour as possible and not end up with one flat colour across the page.

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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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When you look closely at this painting you will see some green, pink, lilac and red highlights which all contribute to making the painting pull together.

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This painting will be available from Hawksby's in Haworth from 16 February 2019. Go visit... it is a wonderful shop full of wonderful work. Be prepared to spend lots!

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