March 6, 2019

Landscape Painting with Les Darlow and Schmincke Soft Pastels

Soft pastels are a great medium for portraying light. British artist Les Darlow is a master of landscapes in pastel. He takes us through his process of painting a landscape with lots of light using Schmincke Soft Pastels, the preferred pastel of many artists. He shows how he builds up a pastel painting focussing on the light in a snowy landscape and how he uses the colour of the paper surface as part of the painting. Schmincke Extra-soft Pastels colours: 007, 008, 004, 005, 042, 044, 057, 059, 062, 022, 036, 035 in different graduations (D = pure colour, B = black graduation, H, M, O = white graduations) A sheet of sand-coloured Canson Mi-Tientes Touch pastel paper (which is a sanded paper) Spray fixative for pastels (we recommend the 5-star Jackson’s Pastel Fixative) Step 1 I begin by just positioning my elements with a white pastel pencil, then apply […]
March 6, 2019

James Mortimer Interview: Land of Mortimer Exhibition Preview

It’s hard to pin down James Mortimer’s thought provoking artworks. We interviewed the artist to find out more about his inspirations and working methods. Having graduated from Bath School of Art and Design in 2013, James has been painting and sculpting ever since. In this time he has developed his own distinct approach to art-making. This results in works that imply narrative and folklore, and could have been painted a hundred or more years ago. A new solo show of his work opens imminently at London’s James Freeman Gallery. Man with a Stick James Mortimer Oil on Canvas, 5ft x 4ft Lisa: Please can you tell us who you are and your artistic background? James: I’m James Mortimer and I am known for my paintings, drawings and sculptures. As for background – I did the typical art stuff at school, and studied sculpture at the Bath School of Art and […]
March 7, 2019

Anna Zadorozhnaya Paints a Watercolour Mountain Landscape

Like many artists Anna Zadorozhnaya is inspired by nature, but she is particularly motivated to paint by mountain scenery. Anna has an MA in Art from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the International Federation of Aquarellists. She has been painting in watercolour for just four years and already teaches the medium. She has a popular Instagram site called Draw Better where she shares images of her beautiful watercolour landscapes and writes interesting text to accompany them – in both English and Russian! Anna really likes using Schmincke Horadam watercolour and here she takes us through how she painted a mountain scene in the Austrian village of St Anton am Arlberg using Horadam paints. by Anna Zadorozhnaya With this painting I wanted to quickly capture the unforgettable moment of the beginning of a sunset in the mountains. The sky is coloured in yellow and rose shades and all […]
March 8, 2019

Haidee-Jo Summers: Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019 Expert Judge

Many of our readers will be familiar with artist and author Haidee-Jo Summers, who we have featured on our blog before and are delighted to have on the expert judging panel for the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019. Haidee-Jo is a plein-air and studio painter, a full member the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and an associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. She has published an instructional oil painting book named ‘Vibrant Oils’ and features regularly in The Artist magazine. We caught up with Haidee-Jo in between paintings to find out more about plein-air painting, what advice she has for the entrants and what she will be looking for in the entries submitted this year. Clare: Do you use a refined colour palette to save space when you are painting en plein air? If so, which colours do you include and which are the most important to […]