|After Sorolla 'Pasajes de San Pedro'|
I don't know if I have ever told you this but Joaquin Sorolla is one of my favourite top three all time best ever painters. He's not widely known of in the UK which is strange - I never heard his name during any of my art education or art history lessons but discovered him for myself while still a student. I've realised in recent years that his work is highly rated in the United States - well done to you my American friends!
I painted this small study on Arches huile - oil painting paper, and it felt great! I was really surprised at how easy it is to move the paint around and continue to blend, and it looks exactly like watercolour paper which was another surprise!
Have a guess and see if you know who my other two all time top artists are!
I got these in the post today and I'm super excited about using them!
|Jacksons wooden panels|
They are a smooth plywood panel with 20mm wooden bracing on the back and they look SO beautiful don't they? I can't wait to try painting on them. They need priming and because I love the warm colour of the wood I'm going to use a clear gesso primer.
I may actually find them too smooth for my liking but I'll let you know. It's love at first sight so far!
I bought them from www.jacksonsart.com
I've been really busy with emails today - everybody is booking into my 2013 local workshops suddenly! They've only been on the website a few days and three of the eleven are fully booked already. If you're around Lincolnshire/ Nottinghamshire you can see the whole list here :-)
So... as well as Sorolla, who do you think are my other top two artistic heroes?