Friday, 1 June 2012

Welcome to Monica's art room!

Hey guys,
I know I've been a bit quiet with this whole thing but I figured I'd write a new post on this quiet Friday night while I wait for the ground on a new painting to dry. I've just smothered the canvas in black gesso and gold paint and it is looking glorious. Can't wait to Egon Schiele this canvas up.
So while I'm waiting I am going to introduce you to my art room, which is actually just one of the spare rooms at home with all my art things in it because I have way too much stuff to keep it all in my own room, and all the things I use to create my works of art!
This here is my little "studio"... I guess. The painting of the Green Lantern you can see is a commission for a friend of mine who lives down in Melbourne. My easel - a Christmas present from my parents about five years ago - is a lovely bamboo A-frame easel on which an old piece of MDF board sits so I can clip my reference pictures to it and paper too if I ever want to do large scale drawings (which is never). I have a William Dobell quote taped to it which reads:
A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put onto canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.
I live by this quote with every work that I create so I like to have it close by while I'm working. I paint more portraits than anything else so that essence of life really needs to be there else the portrait will never work.
In the back corner are some spare canvases, finished and unfinished works and a drawing board I turned into a painting of Central Station.
Now here are my paints! (I shall discuss these in more detail at a later date)
Matisse Structure and Flow acrylics and Winsor & Newton artist acrylics

Reeves oils, Reeves gouache, W&N gouache, W&N Artist acrylics, Daler Rowney Georgian oils, W&N Winton oils, W&N drawing inks, W&N Cotman and Artist watercolours, plus Reeves linseed oil and W&N gum arabic

Reeves acrylics, Ironlak spray paint, Chromacryl mediums, Jo Sonja mediums, W&N mediums, Atelier mediums, Matisse mediums

Here are my drawing things!
Derwent graphic soft, Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Metallic, Derwent Inktense, Derwent Pastel pencils, Prismacolour pencils, Micador oil pastels, Crayola oil pastels, Mungyo soft pastels, willow and compressed charcoal, graphite sticks, Derivan inks in black and white, erasers and sharpeners and pens and the like

And some art books. I have Klimt and Schiele out at the moment but I also like to make use of Vermeer quite a lot as well as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and Monet. I've got a fair few art books on my bookshelf in my bedroom.
And finally, here's another view of my art room. Freshly painted canvas is now dry and look at that glorious gold! There are a few WIPs to the side (as if you can't miss the giant painting of Chris Martin).

There are still things like that giant box of paper and art diaries I didn't show you because it's just boring, and all the polymer clay that I haven't used for about a year and a half, cutting and sanding tools and all the boring things like that. But that's boring. Nobody cares about that.

I missed out on the brushes! Oh no! Never mind. I shall add them later.

That's all I've got for tonight. If you guys have any question regarding the products I use (colour, quality, brands etc.) feel free to ask. I'll be happy to hear from you!

Peace, love and jellybeans,

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