Knowing a place

I'm halfway through a project at the moment and, true to form, I find myself itching to paint a landscape. Whenever I'm focused on a series of work (that doesn't involve landscapes whatsoever), I always feel the need to drop what I'm doing and escape to a painting of some open space. Like opening a … Continue reading Knowing a place

Thinking about symbolism…

Being about mid-way through the second painting of the series that I am currently working on, I think now would be a good time to share some of my thoughts about my current project. As is typically the case, the deeper I get into a project, the more it evolves away from the concept that … Continue reading Thinking about symbolism…

Artist Rachel Card: UK Wildlife and Science Illustrator

Rachel Card is an artist based in Devon, England, who explores the beauty and complexities of the natural world, underlining environmental themes. "I specialise in both traditional pencil and ink drawings, with many of my personal works incorporating pen and ink pointillism, an intricate process involving the layering of hundreds and thousands of small dots … Continue reading Artist Rachel Card: UK Wildlife and Science Illustrator

Impasto… why, though?

I've written before about why I tend to paint in an impressionist style, but I don't think I've gone into much detail about the various techniques that I like to use. My favourite by far - particularly when painting flowers - is the impasto technique. The word impasto comes from the Italian root meaning "to enclose … Continue reading Impasto… why, though?

Painting personality

One of the things that I most enjoy about painting animals is trying to make the subject look like a real creature with a life of its own. Here, I'm not just referring to the visual elements of painting that might make something look realistic (like shape, colour, tone, texture, etc.) but to actually capturing … Continue reading Painting personality