Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sorolla and panels

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?



18 comments:

  1. Here's my punt - Turner (isn't he everybody's favourite?) and Ken Howard.

    Isn't there anything you can add to your primer that will give you a bit of tooth? It would be easy if you weren't intent upon using the colour of the wood.

    I like the painting.

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    1. Interesting! Well I wasn't including Ken Howard although he is in my opinion THE greatest living painter today so you guessed well! Nope, my favourite three are all deceased.
      Turner may be everyone's favourite but he's not even in my top ten I'm sorry to say! Who are your top three?
      As for the panels, I'll try a couple with clear primer, nothing added, before I decide whether I need more tooth :-)

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    2. For me, if reduced to three, I'd find it difficult to leave out Turner, Velazquez or James Guthrie. However, that only touches the tip of the list I'd draw up if let loose.

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  2. From the (gorgeous) painting above, I would say Monet and Derain! I have come across to your site from Kelly Medford whose work I really enjoy too. I am looking forward to receiving your bulletins Haidee-Jo.

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  3. Thank you, it's very nice to meet you! Welcome aboard!
    Well I would have to place Monet in my top ten definitely (we named our daughter after a Monet painting of his wife - 'Camille at the window'), and I do love Derain's work - he could be top twenty material! That would be interesting to do one day, write a top ten or twenty!
    But they're not in my top three. I'll reveal soon! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Haidee-Jo! Relieved to have been within 20 of the target - oh well... I am enjoying your paintings. Philippa

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  4. I'll guess Van Gogh and Sargent.

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  5. Rembrandt and Sargent if you're including portrait painters, or maybe Seago and Zorn.....

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    1. Summers, you're not including Rembrandt? See me after class....

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    2. You make me laugh so much Peter! I mean, sorry sir.... I'll do 100 lines...

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    3. We'll have no laughing in class Summers - you will write 'Rembrandt van Rien is an eximious nonpareil' 100 times and have them on my desk in the morning.....

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  6. Manet and Pissaro perhaps?

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  7. What fun for a wet day ... I guess Berthe Morisot! But will get my thinking cap on
    Cheers
    Joy LondonUk

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    1. She is one of my all-time favourites Joy, but not top three! ;-)

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  8. I was absolutely certain about Sargent but not too sure about the second as a number of candidates came to mind - however I see the guesswork is over!

    Nice to see another Sorolla fan. Have you seen the new book yet?

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