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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Wide Blue Yonder

Posting this latest acrylic with Chromacolour, from a photograph by Bob Blake of an area I well know but find it difficult to get to these days.....  30cm by 40cm.  And for sale (of course) - I must put it on the website, which sorely needs an update...

A fellow-artist was wondering the other day whether, in view of the expense, it's possible to go on painting in oil.  Trouble is that if you get a bit better at it, you want better paint - and the better paint costs a lot more than the basic student grades, like Daler Rowney Georgian and Winsor and Newton's Winton.  It IS a problem, but I'll never abandon oil unless it just becomes prohibitive.

Acrylic, fortunately, remains affordable and has its own advantages.  I'm told that art buyers favour oil over acrylic, but if they do they're going to find the cost of work steadily climbing.  Working on a small one at the moment - it'll take longer to finish than this acrylic did, because of drying times.


  1. Looks like you have slightly modifies your palette, Robert? Slightly softer textures and tonal quality. Works well.
    How did the Vectis(?) Group show go? Any luck with sales

  2. How do Brian - taking the first thing second: the Vectis (old Roman name for the Isle of Wight) Artistans exhibition clashed with the IW Festival; so I sold other people's work, but none of my own. Many of us in the same boat. Never mind, try again... (In August.)
    Palette varies - especially in acrylic; the main change here was painting on a raw sienna ground and using a little violet and gold ochre in the mixes... used cerulean, too... Forget what else! I really ought to take notes.

  3. That's lovely, Robert. Cool, unfussy, semi-abstract...