We all know the internet is not an ideal place to view art. One of the reasons for this is there is no agreement between computer companies about the monitor/screen calibration of your pc, laptop or phone this makes viewing art on the internet very difficult.
It is impossible to see and understand how a particular work has been made or how well it has been made.
Here are the details of how I make my work and what kind of materials I use. My materials – the exhibition stretchers and canvas and oil paint – come from the longest established art suppliers in London: Cornelissen and Russell and Chapple.
Oil paint is a complex market. A lot of the oil paint you can buy these days is made with artificial pigments with fillers added to them to increase the volume of the paint without increasing the amount of artificial pigment to keep the cost low. This has long-lasting effects on the painting; the colour begins to fade and lose its intensity, slowly becoming dull.
The oil colour I use is either handmade with real pigment dug out of the earth or by companies that have good reputations and have been making good quality paint with real pigment or many years. For the oil paintings I use thin glazes of oil colour layered over each other. This takes a long time as each layer has to dry before another glaze can be added. Each canvas may have between 10 or 15 layers of glaze to achieve the final colour. A matt varnish is applied to the finished work to protect the surface of the canvas from dust.
I use the same material suppliers for the stretchers and canvas. A white gesso ground is applied thickly to the canvas with a large stiff brush to make raised waves across or down the canvas. Once this is dry the pure graphite drawing is applied. There may be four or five layers of graphite, each layer is fixed before the next layer is applied. A matt varnish is then applied to the canvas to protect the finished work. Making a detailed drawing on a highly textured canvas takes along time and is difficult to achieve, unlike drawing on paper.