11 May, 2018

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GOLDEN OPEN ACRYLICS! Test-Painting, 7x5"

I had the opportunity to try out some new Acrylics tonight, called Golden Open. They differ from normal acrylics in that they have a longer drying time. I was only given the three Primary Colours so I had to use a tube of System-3 White. The full range of Golden Open paints extends to 40 colours.

As usual, I added a little Flow Improver to my water and everything seemed pretty normal when I started to paint. The viscosity was a little on the thin side for my liking, but not vastly different to say, W&N Galeria.

Within a short space of time I began to get a little irritated at the drying time, because I'm just so used to acrylics drying very quickly. I thought that the Golden Open had a slightly longer drying time but for me, it was just way too long! Even when i returned to the painting the next morning, I was unable to complete it because areas were still wet, preventing me from getting the effect I wanted. 

I'm not sure I'd invest in a set of these paints because I have an "in-grained" expectation of acrylics and if I wanted to have a drying time of 24 HOURS (much longer if applied thickly), then i would probably switch to using Griffin Alkyds instead. Another point worth noting is that you cannot varnish your painting for something like 30 days! Now I normally varnish my acrylics a couple of days after completing them, so this is a big bugbear!

Having said that, I can imagine these paints would be quite popular with artists who do a lot of Plein Air painting on hot summer days when the paint usually dries way too quickly (or even dry windy days).

Photo to follow.

08 May, 2018

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GOUACHE!  Blue Moon, 7x5"

I recently purchased some Gouache paints and decided to have a play with them this weekend. Bad idea, because it was BURNING HOT in the garden, so the paint was drying as quick as I could paint! I found it all very tricky and I need to watch some videos of better Gouache Artists on YouTube.



16 April, 2018

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FOUND AN OLD SKETCHBOOK

We went for a weekend away to Kirkby Lonsdale last Friday and in my sister's apartment I found an old sketchbook that I must have left there some time ago (well 2016 to be specific). Here's the contents....





12 April, 2018

MY FIANCEE'S DIGI-PAINTINGS

LIANA MURRAY's WORK

Because I've just posted a load of my digital paintings, done on my iPad Pro, I thought I'd show you my Fiancee's work done on her Samsung TAB-S3. As you will soon discover, there's no difference in the quality of work which can be achieved on either tablet. The only real difference is that I can create a bigger "canvas" because of the higher resolution of the iPad Pro.

Liana normally paints acrylics but she's taken to digital better than me!








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ELVIS THE BOXER

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.

If you've never tried Digital Painting, you really should give it a go. I hear many people say "Yes, but it's not real art is it"?  Well I'm not getting into that debate - all I will say that even if you don't approve of it for a final painting, it is absolutely superb as a Sketch Book for producing full paintings at a later day. You can take your tablet with you wherever you go and your work is usually automatically uploaded onto the iCloud and available to you wherever you are in the world.

I am lucky enough to own an Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with an Apple Pencil, but you can use ArtRage on virtually any tablet. My wife has a Samsung TAB-S3 which comes with a SUPERB pencil which doesn't even need charging!! 




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WASHING DAY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.

If you've never tried Digital Painting, you really should give it a go. I hear many people say "Yes, but it's not real art is it"?  Well I'm not getting into that debate - all I will say that even if you don't approve of it for a final painting, it is absolutely superb as a Sketch Book for producing full paintings at a later day. You can take your tablet with you wherever you go and your work is usually automatically uploaded onto the iCloud and available to you wherever you are in the world.

I am lucky enough to own an Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with an Apple Pencil, but you can use ArtRage on virtually any tablet. My wife has a Samsung TAB-S3 which comes with a SUPERB pencil which doesn't even need charging!! 



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FRANK THE BOXER

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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OLLIE & HATTY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.





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BALLET DANCER

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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NUDE STUDY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.




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NUDE STUDY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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PENTAX ME SUPER

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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DUSK

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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KITTY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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EYE STUDY

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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JUNGLE BELLS

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.

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HONDA 400/4

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.




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BMW R1100S GIRL

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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HONDA CB1100R SKETCH

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE

DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.



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MY GIRLS

20"x 16" ACRYLIC.  These 2 paintings were specifically painted to be hung in the conservatory - just something different to the boring landscapes i normally paint. I didn't take very good photos of them unfortunately, so I've included a photo with them in-situ to give a better idea of how they look :-) 







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VINTAGE CAMERAS

8"x 8" ACRYLIC.  I've been interested in cameras for as long as I can remember! And so I decided to paint some of the cameras from my past. Really love these pics and they hang in my hallway.







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ALONE AT LAST

8" x 8" OIL.  This is a small but beautiful painting with which i am very pleased (for once). 

OOOPSS!!

Ooops! I've not posted on here for AGES!! My bad!  The fact is, I bought an iPad Pro and started experimenting with Digital Painting and as a result, I've not really done much "normal" painting. I will post some of my digital work later, because I do believe that it's every bit as valid as oils, watercolours, etc, when it comes to learning to sketch and paint.


17 February, 2016

NEW ART ROOM!!

NEW HOUSE
Very excited to move into our new house - a two-bedroom bungalow. Excited because of two things - it's detached, so I can play my music loudly, and it has a dedicated art-room so we don't have to pack up and unpack everytime we want to paint! :-)












Our Own Art-Club!

Each Friday we go to the local Art-Club in Horwich. It's a thriving club with a broad range of people of all ages and skill-levels. Apart from the regular painting sessions, we have many professional artists visiting us to demonstrate their skills and to run workshops.

But sometimes, it's nice when just a few friends get together mid-week too, and so here we are in Simon's "studio", benefitting from the skill and experience of his father, Brian Waddington. It looks a bit cramped in there, but we were just huddled together to fit in the photo frame :-)



And you can drink beer in this club! :-)