How long have you been painting at Art House Studios? Approximately 4 years most years have been interrupted by holidays, travel or indeed more recent COVID lockdowns. Until this recent wave of the delta strain it had been my most consistent year in terms of attendance and indeed I had not missed a week until the unfortunate lockdown.
How have you changed as an artist in that time? Good question I believe there has been lots of learnings along the journey hence changes to the way I would approach my art. However, the process in building a subject is always been very interesting and paramount to the finished product. I love the working sheets handed out at the start of each lesson showing the steps. I often would ask those interested in my weekly art work “what do think the first thing we did on the painting” often not very obvious but pivotal to the end result.
What inspires you/favourite subject matter? Retirement has presented me lots of free time to enjoy a number activities. As I primarily enjoyed outdoor activities such as cycling swimming kayaking and bush walking the idea of participating in an indoor activity and learning art when seeing your advertisement in the “Newcastle Weekly Magazine “ was something different and although I have enjoyed drawing at different stages this would definitely be an activity outside my normal interests and my comfort zone. The idea of learning the skills techniques the application and showing improvement but ultimately enjoying the activity inspired me. I looked very much forward to each weeks challenge and have enjoyed them all although must admit my passion for landscapes seascapes was possibly more motivating then still life. However, admit there were valuable lessons in all subjects and by the end of each lesson i had enjoyed the subject and the outcome.
What’s the secret to improving your painting skills?
Understanding procedure or process.
Understanding creating colours which I consider I am still to learn a lot more about.
Blending paints is fun and considerably enhances the product.
Finally the understanding the equipment brushes and the application of different techniques.
Are you staying creative during lockdown? In terms of art possibly not to much creativity as I would like but have been taking lots of photographs that I would like to attempt to replicate onto canvas one day soon.
Which 5 artists (alive or dead) would you invite to a dinner party? Well Priya my dinner party would be an interesting guest list. I have often been inspired by my mother in law who at 88 still enjoys her art. Yourself of course love your work and would like to learn a lot more particularly portraits and clouds that you seem to be outstanding at. I haven’t been great in studying world renowned artists but I did enjoy the Picasso painting we did so would have him along to ‘please explain’ Otherwise no one else springs to mine. Maybe this is an area I should indulge more in.
What do you miss about Art House Studios while in lockdown? I can’t believe the amount of work we can produce in two hours. Credit to the teacher there. But also the comradeship of the participants and the effort that all put in it is really an amazing and most satisfying 2 hour session. I also like the family critique and feedback once I send out the weekly effort.
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