Orkney Stone

I found this old painting of mine in the attic the other day, it is a replica of another one which I produced during an art course at college. I liked the texture of the stones and shells and with my then newly found enthusiasm for working with colour I had to paint a second (this) one and had it framed. It is pretty basic when I look at it now (you have permission to sneer), but hey, not all of us are born geniuses. An old artist friend of mine once told me to never throw anything away as it is good to look back at your work to appreciate the progress you have made, and keep a history of your development. Not that I stick to that one to the letter…but I had paid for the frame after all…

The stone was ‘discovered’ by my then young son during a holiday in Orkney. He promptly insisted on picking it up and carrying it everywhere, only to find it too heavy after a while and Mum and Dad having to carry it around for him. (Good job we had the car). The stone eventually came back home with us. After all that it seemed fitting that it should get some attention and be turned into a painting.

The medium is gouache, one of my favourite paints, as it dries slower than acrylics but faster than oils. It is easy to manipulate and allows for gentle shading. The downside is that it does not dry waterproof and a few of the pigments are not very tolerant of constant exposure to strong sunlight, at least they weren’t back then. Gouache is also not particularly cheap to buy. It is very versatile, though, you can use it almost like watercolours, or, if you are that way inclined, like acrylics, – I have also used it in calligraphy instead of ink, which gives you a much wider range of colours to work with than ordinary inks.

Orkney Stone

Orkney Stone – Gouache on A3 Cartridge Paper


2 thoughts on “Orkney Stone

  1. Thanks, Adrian, also for taking the time to drop by during your big adventure. As for my painting, I see an amateurish attempt, but hey, we all have to start somewhere. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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