Art Diaries: A Trip To Rome

So, that’s one of my most challenging paintings completed. Surprisingly enough, I loved every minute of it. Even the bits I hated, where things seemed like they were going wrong. But the vision was clear, and that was motivation enough to stick it through till the end. Overall, I’m very happy with the results. I…

How One Painting Helped Me Grow As An Artist

I never really paid too much attention to my growth as an artist. I was more interested in individual paintings, or ideas, but if there’s one thing my most recent painting has taught me, it’s to embrace the whole experience of growth and development. When you’re constantly trying to make each new painting the best one yet,…

Colour Theories – Inspired by the Palaeolithic

It’s difficult to recall the exact moment when I discovered Palaeolithic Art. I can only imagine I was at least partially exposed to it through the medium of art history, or television, or books. I remember as I delved more into this topic, being instantly hooked by the subtlety of colours in the brilliant, rust…

My Own Little Art History

A brilliant piece of advice I came across recently is that you need to learn about your own art history, not just that of the Great Masters and contemporary artists, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today. I often work within specific themes or phases, but most recently these have been troubling me…

Colour Theories: The 6 Colour Palette

Last week, I talked about getting carried away with colour, and failing to work with a plan. This week, I’m focusing on a new piece where I did have a plan. This time, I planned a strict 6 colour palette: cadmium yellow, burnt sienna, cadmium orange, ultramarine blue, Indian red and burnt umber. The result is a…

Colour Theories: Getting Carried Away

Colour. The truth is, it’s not as easy as you think. This week, I want to talk about what happens when you get carried away by colour. You can’t just throw down whatever colours you like. Colour is merely the way our eyes respond to reflected light; an incredibly simple and beautiful principle, but difficult…

Art Diaries: Lessons To Be Learned From Eclectus

It’s always insightful to look back on older works, particularly the ones that you were satisfied with, whilst cringing at those that didn’t. Whilst my artistic journey has now spanned almost 8 years, I’m intrigued about the lessons I can learn from myself. A bit of self-reflection goes a long way. Looking back on this…

My Style and What it Means to Me

Recently, I’ve varied in style quite a bit; I’ve painted some pretty abstracted works, a couple of portraits and peoples of varying ethnicities and generally limited the amount of animals featuring in my paintings. So why is it one always feels so drawn back to that one particular style? Their one unique little niche in…

On the Easel : Symbiosis

After working on a couple of commissions I’ve settled back to my signature style. This style for me is the perfect combination of colour and theme; I love being able to use rich colour combinations with line and shapes to convey all manner of subjects, which convey different emotions to the viewer. This piece, featuring…