I hope the following FAQs will answer some of your more common queries.
Got a question that’s not on here? Just leave a comment or contact me at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you – well, as long as it’s related to my artwork anyway (I’ll be less than useless if it’s anything to do with politics, sports, cars, plumbing, fashion, travel…)
Q: I’m using a smartphone and I can’t see your Gallery, where is it?
A: Either use the search box and enter: Gallery, or scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and choose to see the full site not the mobile version (although this may not look quite as good on a phone).
Q: Have you ever exhibited?
A: As yet no, I haven’t yet, although it’s a possibility I’d like to work towards.
Q: Do you sell your work?
A: I have occasionally sold paintings, usually on commission (such as the ‘Cow’ and ‘Jasper’ the cat, both in my Gallery). Unfortunately other time commitments have not made it easy for me to take a more sustained commercial approach. This may change this year as I have plans to offer work for sale from these pages – watch this space.
Q: Do you take commissions?
A: Very rarely, but that may change. Much depends on my personal circumstances at the time and whether the commission interests me (e.g. I’ve always enjoyed painting animals, particularly in oils or alkyds). If you have something in mind just ask and I’ll get back to you.
Q: Do you just paint?
A: No, I love trying new things, so I’m always likely to be experimenting with something new (new for me anyway). Sometimes these dabblings will appear in my blog – you have been warned!
Q: What’s your favourite painting medium?
A: A while ago I would have said oils or alkyds. Now I’m starting to warm to acrylics for their speed and versatility. Great for someone as impatient as me.
Q: Do you prefer any particular brands?
A: TBH I tend to be very conservative when buying new paints in any medium. I’ve been wedded to Winsor and Newton for years, particularly their Artist’s ranges. And I particularly love their Artist’s acrylics. Thick bodied, rich and with very little shift between wet and dry colours.
However, I am starting to experiment with other brands – Liquitex acrylics for instance. In watercolour I may stray into other ranges such if there’s a paint of particular colour or characteristic unavailable in W&N.
Q: Do you have a set palette of colours?
A: Yes, I do. Very traditional pairings of warm and cool primaries supplemented with earth colours and occasional ‘guests’:
Titanium White and Mixing White;
Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow;
Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson;
Ultramarine Blue (red shade) and Cobalt Blue;
Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna;
I usually use a subset of these e.g. I love using just Raw Sienna and Ultramarine Blue together in watercolour.