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I continually analyse, dissect, and interpret all that I see and experience. Observing colour, form, texture and light .This is an essential part of the creative process, piecing together pictures in my mind, translating the three dimensional world into two a dimensional image. Only when I am comfortable with my understanding can the process of physical translation begin.

 

Reference Photograph – Summer view – Huddersfield

 

To assist me in the early stages of the creative process I often produce a number of sketches or where possible, take reference photographs of the subject that I wish to paint. Having a sketch pad or a camera close to hand whenever I venture out is essential for capturing those brilliant fleeting moments that I am so privileged to witness.

Sketches are usually made with pen, pencil or gouche paint for colour reference. I find Gouche an easy and immediate medium to work with and it is quick drying, which is all important when the weather may change at any moment. Dependant on mood, sketches can appear as simple as a few marks on the page, a visual short hand if you like. But this is all I require to take me back to a moment in time or a scene.

 

A sketch of Batley at dusk painted with Gouache made in late December

 

If I am making a study of a particular subject, especially one I’ve never drawn before, then the sketch will be more worked and detailed. This is because for me truly understand the subject I feel this can only be done by drawing it completely and in every detail.  

Painting usually begins with broad open brushstrokes, building up each layer at a time. If required, translucent glazes may be added between layers, to help increase colour intensity and vibrancy. As the composition evolves the strokes hone into smaller more controlled, defined marks. This continues until I am happy with the result.

 

Fire Sky early stages

 
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