Thank you for taking an interest in my watercolour website.
Fully qualified as a carpenter & joiner, I have been trained in technical drawing but this is very different from the skills required for fine art. However, technical drawing encourages careful attention to detail and that is certainly beneficial.
I use a variety of materials from several suppliers and manufacturers. Paint I buy in tube form and are artists' quality. I predominantly use the French paint 'Sennelier L'Aquarelle'. I find Sennelier paint to be very creamy in consistency and glides across the paper. It doesn't tend to produce blooms (cauliflowers) so readily and if left to dry on my palette it is easily rewetted.
In my opinion the single most important factor is to use good quality watercolour paper. It makes a vast difference using cotton based papers; washes move more freely and there is a longer 'open time' where alterations can be made to the painting. Where possible I prefer using Arches or Saunders Waterford papers. The small price increase between wood pulp and cotton rag based papers is certainly worth paying - even for practising.
I have produced original watercolour paintings as commissions on various subjects for clients, family and close friends and still offer this service for you.
Please take a browse through my gallery and contact me via the contact page if you require further information.
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Once again, thank you for stopping by.