What’s in a (paint) name?

Today I picked up a jar and was struck by the name of the colour inside: Caput Mortuum Dead head, I think, is a close translation. Indeed, Wikipedia confirms it. Lets just say I'm glad it's one of the few synthetic pigments I use. … [Read more...]

Materials & tools

I can't wait to share a picture of my latest work with you on Monday but as its a birthday surprise, I'm having to hold back! So I was working away and thought I'd perhaps be better making a purely 'practical' post about the materials I've found to be best over the last eight years. brushes It pays to buy the very best you can afford, even if that means you begin with only three or four: my most commonly used sizes are 0, 1, 3 and 5. These are all kolinsky sable and are expensive. However, not all sable is created equal! I've tried a few kinds and while most would work for laying down … [Read more...]