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The techniques I use are those that have been tried and tested by
the old master's over the centuries.
By doing this there is less risk of the painting deteriorating like
some of the modern painting's of the twentieth century.
What ever medium I work in there is always one thing I bare in mind,
when to stop painting and not to over work the painting. This stage
can be reached very quickly with some paintings and there is always
the nagging thought that you can do a bit more. If I have come to
a halt and feel that I have finished I put the painting to one side
and look at it a week or so later to see if I feel any need to do
any more work.
The best way to tackle this sticky issue is to do what Winston Churchill
did . He instructed Lady Churchill to take the painting away if she
felt it had been finished. Alas we don't all have the luxury of somebody
who is willing to make that decision for us and so we have to work
on our intuition.
well as using the tried methods of the old masters I also use a limited
pallet which helps to pull the painting together and create a unified
feel that is easy on the eye.
I use a limited pallet of six colours which are light fast i.e. there
is less chance of them fadding in the light.
French Ultramarine , Cobolt Blue, Cadmium red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon
Yellow but not a Cadmium Yellow Pale and Alizarine Crimson or Quinaquatone
Red. I use some black in the fore ground to help give depth and
contrast and white where needed.
I paint a ground to help give a unified feel to the painting
before I start it also takes the stark white of the canvas away.
I paint over this when it is dry . If the painting is a wet in wet
I try a get it finished as soon as possible and in one day . If the
painting is a studio painting then I let the surface dry completely
before I lay in the next colour , I also add a touch more oil so as
to reduce the chance of any craqleur when I paint over another layer.
I use a broad brush strokes at first to lay in the paintingthen graduate
to smaller brushes to ad the detail and where needed.
My inspiration in oil painting is Turner, Constable and some of the
Impressionist's such as Monet and Cezanne.
Egg tempera is an exacting medium which needs some practice
but once mastered is rewarding when you see the finished work.
Long gone are the days when the way to get any shading is to hatch
the brush strokes . Egg Tempera has been used as a base painting for
oil painting's in the past on some old masters . This helps to reduce
the Craqleur . Even so it is an ideal medium in itself that will last
for centuries with out any obvious signs of aging . This is well represented
by the painting's by Boticelli which have lasted for four centuries
My inspirations in Egg tempera are Botticelli and Andrew Whyatt who
paints very fine detailed paintings..
The one thing that I like about watercolours is being able
to make colours sing. Giving the colours clarity helps the painting
to stand out from the other paintings that it might site beside. Watercolour
paint applied correctly should have a glowing appearance. This is
achieved by applying just enough paint so that the white paper helps
to give the paint the glowing effect . When a colour like this sites
beside a darker one the contrast can be so striking that it can stop
the viewer in their tracks .
My inspirations in watercolour painting are Turne , John Varley ,
Andrew Wyatt for his magnificent dry brush work and John Fletcher-Watson
Pastels can be taken any where and does not require any drying
time, the work can be finished and put straight into a frame .
The draw back is a need to have few different tones of the same colour
to get the desired effect . Having said that there is not a need to
have hundreds of colours to get the right effect as a limited pallet
Pastel artists who inspire me are Degas and Toulouse Latrec. Degas
for his simple but effective use of the colours and Latrec for his
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are the sole copy write of the artist and author . The images cannot
be reproduced in any shape or form without the permission and consent
of the artist and Author , ( Peter G. Morffew ) . If you wish to reproduced
any of these images contact me by E mail , giving the title of the
painting and the intended use .