From Sketchbook to Studio
Vibrant, bold and evocative acrylic paintings were created in a slightly shortened demonstration after this year’s AGM.
Tony Homer brought along several sketch books filled with drawings made on site which he reinterprets in the studio into full colour paintings.
Having drawn out a basic composition, he then blocked in colour shapes with diluted paint mixed with a medium to maintain a workable texture.
He worked on two paintings at the same time using bold strokes with the main body of a flat brush and details using the edge.
Having established the essential composition - not a photographic interpretation - and working quickly with a very steady hand, he laid down mostly flat colours, introducing contrasts between complementary colours with deep rich shadows.
Then Tony moved on to introduce more detail, still applying quick and definite strokes to maintain the vitality of his work. The result - two superb paintings of the same subject but with a different slant on each.
Because of the bold technique, his paintings have an excitement and vitality, accentuated by the use of wonderful, contrasting and vibrant colours.
If you would like to see more of Tony’s artwork simply Google Tony Homer Artist.
Six top tips:
1. Make use of sketch books. Start off by sketching on site and then developing your composition later,
2. Be bold - experiment with bright, complementary colours.
3. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
4. A clever technique for painting in windows, doors, roofs and other straight edged details is with the use of a small sheet of stiff paper, masking off and then painting in the required shapes with big brushes.
5. Use stubbly, worn, old brushes to scrub the colours and introduce texture to the surface of the paper .
6. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.