Landscape mediums and surfaces
Oil - on stretched canvas or canvas board
Oil is a very old and trusted medium. It takes a while for it to
dry, but when it's completed, you can't beat the results. I mainly work on
canvas, but have
done oils on hardboard (MDF) too. There are hardly any limits to the size in
the surfaces that are available. If I can't obtain one, I'll make it myself
using the best quality linen, stretcher board timber and primer.
Acrylic - On stretched canvas, canvas board, quality card or paper
A relatively new medium and so versatile. You can render the painting to look
like a watercolour, or apply it thickly like oil paint. The results are equally
pleasing to the eye. The beauty of this medium is that it dries so fast that
I can create a painting in a quarter the time it takes me to do the same in oils.
Watercolour - High quality Bockingford paper
Another favourite of mine. This is probably the most expressive and flexible
medium one can work with. You can apply it opaquely or as a wash, using the
colours with sponge and brush alike, it's possible to capture the most intricate
Pastel - Bockingford paper or Illustrators card
Sometimes referred to as "Chalk" drawings. It's possible to rub and blend the
colours to achieve the desired results. I particularly like working in this when
I'm doing winter scenes.
Pen and Ink Wash - Bockingford paper
Similar effect as watercolours, but using the pen to highlight details
and enhance the image details where necessary. I normally work in black indian
ink for this, but have done coloured ink line and wash before now.
Pencil and Charcoal - Bockingford paper or card
Not quite so popular these days, but I do a lot of pencil sketching,
but mainly as the starting point for the other mediums outlined above. Charcoal
is easy to work with and one can get a good, effective result when it is used
on high quality card or bockingford watercolour paper.
Scraper Board - own surface
This medium is fairly rare to obtain outside of the UK. It can be purchased
in large or small card sheets. These are covered in a fine chalk type coating,
which in turn is covered with a
high quality coat of Indian Ink. I use fine nib scraper tools to create an
etching or engraving effect. I simply scratch off the black coating and reveal
white under view. In the past I have used this medium to do both landscapes
and wildlife; particularly birds. It is also possible to "fill" the revealed
white with coloured indian inks.