Rome, Naples and Pompeii

Rome, Naples and Pompeii

. Last winter, I- a Scottish fresco painter, and Carey Mortimer- an English fresco painter, made a trip to Rome, Naples and Pompeii with the intention of examining Roman wall paintings. We are both fascinated by the fine polished technique of this particular era of...

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Visual Poem

Visual Poem

I write poetry from time to time. In many ways it is similar to painting: imagery develops through experimentation; taking bits out and adding new bits is crucial; form and rhythm create dynamic; the desire to have a final outcome that surprises me is what keeps me...

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Sgraffito

Sgraffito

Sgraffito is an old technique which involves scratching through a layer of lime plaster to reveal a different coloured layer below. It is a bit like scraperboard! It has been used since classical times and was popularised in the 15th and 16th centuries and again...

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Studio rearrangement

Studio rearrangement

I have been in my WASPS studio for twenty and a half years. I was in the first group of people to take a studio here in October 1995 when the building became available. I was immediately attracted to this studio because of its pitched roof, windows and skylight. It...

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Man in Pink

Man in Pink

For my latest test fresco, I am doing a figure from Pierro della Francesca’s Legend of the True Cross. I chose it because I had a good sized copy of it in a library book. I love his pink outfit and how the folds look so complex. Julia talked me through how to build up...

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Roman fresco technique

Roman fresco technique

I have become slightly obsessed with the frescoes at Pompeii and Herculaneum. I have never been there, but have got hold of some books with excellent reproductions. There has been some debate about the techniques they used to get the smooth, polished surface. I won’t...

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My uncle’s exhibition

My uncle’s exhibition

My Uncle Bill has an exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. William Irvine was born in Scotland and went to Glasgow School of Art. He lived in London as a young artist and then moved to Maine where he has been for the best part of fifty years. This is the...

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Renaissance head

Renaissance head

I am currently trying to learn more about fresco. Don’t ask me why. I know it’s crazy: it’s time consuming, tricky, the materials are not readily available in Scotland, the climate is too damp. But, I can’t help it: I am fascinated by the technique. It involves mixing...

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Live Painting!

Live Painting!

During the Edinburgh Art Fair in November 2015 I took part in a live painting event to raise funds for Art in Healthcare. For a small contribution, members of the public were invited to do a drawing of something that would go into The Art in Healthcare Garden; this...

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Fresco painting course in Bosa, Sardinia

Fresco painting course in Bosa, Sardinia

I have recently returned from a wonderful week in Bosa, Sardinia. I attended a fresco painting course led by Carey Mortimer. I have been interested in the technique of buon fresco for about 10 years. Having tried various experiments in my studio, I felt it was time...

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