After blathering on about it for ages, I think I’ve found my style, and who would have thought it, it’s all about using oil paint and a biro!
It started during a trip to Cork Street, in London, looking over the galleries there, to see what I could learn about what’s selling right now. The thing I came away with was that there are no rules, other than the fact you have to be distinctive (all the artists have very recognisable styles) and original (every painting had something unique about it). There were also some interesting works in photography, using repeat exposures, which gave some interesting effects.
I came home, planned to do a large Buffalo painting employing echoes of the same image, did the base layer, stood in front of the canvas with my expensive Winsor and Newton pigment marker… and hesitated. The marker seemed too thick to me and I wanted soft flowing lines, it struck me that a biro might work, although it would probably be too dark. I went for it and produced this:
Who would’ve thought that the lowly biro would be just what I was looking for. It produced a soft pencil like effect that you could add effects to using oils. The perfect balance between drawing and painting.