“The second of the works done during a recent trip to Exmoor. This piece is inspired by one of the hundreds of beautiful, small details that can be found in our countryside.
The small detail was in a space that was pretty well manicured by the National Trust. As a result, a very mature ivy plant, that had begun to strangle it’s host, had been cut at the base and left to die. This created a wonderful interaction that I thought deserved to be captured on canvas. It says something about the battle for survival that plants have all the time and which largely goes completely unnoticed by us.
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.”
The frames for my smallest works are bought in especially, in order to keep costs as competitive as possible. They are made from Abachi wood, a lightweight hardwood that is perfect for high quality framing.
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