I have an article in the March edition of Leisure Painter which is in the shops today. All about still life it explains how to explore the basic principles of painting in the comfort of your own home and how it makes for better all round painting skills even when venturing outdoors.
I've been trying out some new brushes for an article that will appear in the May edition of Leisure Painter. Included in the selection were a couple of mop brushes as used by Edward (Ted) Wesson, I must say I'm hooked. They're bigger than anything I've used before and great for mopping in large areas, but they taper down to such a fine point for smaller touches that it's like having two brushes in one.
Edward Wesson used the mop brush
giving his painting that loose and distinctive style, I believe it helped to
give Ted’s paintings such a fluid feeling. The polishers mop; a brush he found
in France made of squirrel hair and bound with wire was comparatively floppy
when wet, as opposed to a springy sable most watercolourists use. Ted used it
with tremendous confidence and aplomb and virtually made it his own. ‘The Art of Edward Wesson’ by
I donated a
small painting to the Cornerstone Gallery's annual charity event and had a nice review by Rachel Tillett.
‘Limes’ which depicts a still life study of a pair of
limes. The oil on paper study is bright and vibrant with the lime green being a
striking contrast against the brown and black background. The foreshortening of
the limes is portrayed well with the use of shadow, tone and form. The painting
is reminiscent of Cezanne’s apple studies, although this postcard variation on
the classic still life gives it a contemporary and modern twist.’