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Granulation in Watercolour Painting – by Steve Johnson

Granulation in Watercolour Painting – by Steve Johnson

Watercolour paint is made from finely ground pigment bound together with gum arabic. Historically, pigment was produced using naturally occurring minerals and gemstones. It still is today. But in addition, modern chemistry has now made it possible to manufacture pigments synthetically. Some minerals and gemstones are… more
Painting and Photography – by Liane Lang

Painting and Photography – by Liane Lang

Ever since the invention of Photography, there has been a desire to draw parallels and emphasise differences between these two ways of creating an image. They have throughout history influenced each other equally, from the early Victorian staged photographs that mirrored the staged Academic painting of… more
Art as a human right – by Tim A Shaw

Art as a human right – by Tim A Shaw

Art as a human right "Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits" (Article 27, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Hospital Rooms is an arts… more
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Metallics

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Metallics

The Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour series ‘metallics’, includes Yellow Gold, Silver, Pewter, Red Copper,  Iridescent Black, Blue and White. These pigments are coated with a variety of different mica ores, which, when bound into the paint, have a lustrous, silky, pearl-like finish when dry. Each… more
Drawing Blood by Bethany Husband

Drawing Blood by Bethany Husband

In February of 2020 I visited the Head and Neck department of Charing Cross Hospital for a week to observe and draw surgery. I was frequently asked by those around me “what are you doing here?” Despite the lengthy process I had been through to access… more
Acrylic Gouache BY Simon Willems

Acrylic Gouache BY Simon Willems

One of the primary challenges when using gouache, whether one welcomes this as part of the working process or not is wrestling with the way in which, like watercolour, the surface opens up when re-wetted. This lack of stability is characteristic of both mediums. The gum… more

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