Saturday, 7 June 2008

The Hills are Alive...

Woodstock Church seen from over the lake in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

2 comments:

Lorna said...

Do you draw with the resist first and then paint?

Graham said...

Yes.

I do a quick(ish) pencil sketch then apply the masking fluid, then paint, then rub off the masking fluid to reveal the final image…Generally, the quicker and bolder I am with my hand movements the better it comes out…and the best bits of the paintings come in areas where several happy accidents have happened in the same place, so a nice fluid movement with the masking fluid, covered with a fluid brushstroke in paint, will usually result in an interesting passage of painting…

Not being able to see the final image adds an element of excitement to the whole process…that said, although you can’t see exactly how the white marks are going to be balanced with the painting, you do get a feel for it after a while and with each subsequent painting I pick up little tricks from the accidents that work…and those that don’t :)