Roman fresco course in Sardinia

Roman fresco course in Sardinia

Last month I spent a week at Bosa Art School in Sardinia with Carey Mortimer. We are both ridiculously interested in the Roman fresco technique and decided to get together to develop a Roman fresco course to be launched next year in Bosa. The technique, as typified in...
Wall fresco part 3

Wall fresco part 3

Day three and four of painting and everything went to plan. I was starting to feel like real fresco painter, except for the fact I didn’t have assistants (or even slaves, as the Romans did).   As I went on, I found I could tackle larger areas, so decided to...
Wall fresco part two

Wall fresco part two

I decided to divide my fresco design into six giornate (painting days) as fresco has to be painted onto a damp plaster- and it dries quite quickly. I had already done a drawing of my garden and a quick colour sketch with egg tempera on gessoed paper, to get a feel for...
Wall fresco part one

Wall fresco part one

Having made dozens of portable frescoes on panels, I thought it was high time I tackled an actual wall. Fresco is, after all, a mural technique. Brick is the best and my studio building is made of brick. Unfortunately, it means working outside, which is not the best...
Broken but not Beaten

Broken but not Beaten

I had just put the finishing touches onto my fresco self portrait. As the plaster had already dried, I used secco (pigment and casein binder) to correct a few offending features and to add a tasteful floral cardigan. I was pleased with the result. It would be just the...
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...