Painting ,with thanks to Rosemary and Co paintbrushes

This blog post is the first of a few I intend on posting through the summer. I have just completed my GCSE art Coursework and intend to document some of my work.

In this post I want to explore my favourite technique -by far- Painting. I have really enjoyed playing with colour and texture. For the pieces within this post I have been using Rosemary and Co Paintbrushes and I have been very much pleasantly surprised by the soft hairs. I especially enjoyed using the long fibre brushes which allowed me to create very accurate detail. I was very happy with the precision of the fibres in all of the brushes and the ergonomically shaped quality woods. Furthermore these brushes are very good value and I would highly recommend them.

Where to start…

When I think of painting a few distinct artists come to mind. David Hockney and Lucian Freud stand as my favourite artists. They create art in very contrasting manors : David hockney uses very bright colours and his work is somewhat abstract whereas Freud work is very raw. Freud’s work displays the subjects for what they are, with very realistic skin tones. I think the thing I really love about Freud’s work is the way that every brush stroke builds the aesthetic individually, where (I feel) Hockney uses shape and colour to create his art.

A painting I did of my nan in a similar style to Lucian Freud work
Another painting

After trying out portraiture painting I started to look at Landscapes, and specifically the way that Hockney paints them.

I started with a brightly coloured palette and began painting

After painting some landscapes I also had a look at the Pompidou building. I played with wild brush strokes and very bold colour. I feel that this was successful and found the extra long paint brushes very useful for creating straight lines

My painting of the Pompidou centre

So Painting…

So in summary painting is an interesting medium and it has a very broad usability. If you are an artist all I can say is that you must start broad and experiment, before finding your style and beginning to develop your repertoire. Painting is incredibly personal, no two styles are the same because there is so much variation.


May I also make one final recommendation of Rosemary and Co Paintbrushes and thank them for supporting me with a set of brushes.

How my Final Piece evolvedĀ 

Today I was looking back on one of my Art projects. I was given a wide task that was to base the project around your personal identity and portraiture. With only 4 weeks to complete this mini task.  I was curious to see how my Final piece evolved so here is a brief documentation of my ‘identity portrait exam’

The first thing I did was look at me.

I drew myself a few times to help understand my features and the way I look

Then I developed my project with an experiment of watercolour and ink (loosely inspired by Agnes Cecile). 

Initial identity page (loosely based around the works agnes Cecile)


Then I refined this experimentation into a focused project around eyes. I did 2 copies and 2 pastiches.

Focused work around eyes

Then I created an ideas page to develop my ideas. I look at urban and rural areas and looked at the concept of reflections.

Ideas page

Then I used these inspirations to create a final Piece.

My final piece

With this final piece I wanted to incorporate personal influences to my life. For example I used the fact that I wear glasses to create and interesting concept to build on. Then I looked at reflections and areas/scenes that I find interesting. I chose the sea because of my personal hobbies and my life beside the sea. Then I used previous work to help create eyes that stand out.

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