Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mixed Media

We have around eighty paintings in this year's Affordable Art Show and I have noticed that there seems to be a greater spectrum of media than usual.
Oil - Sam Cartman
It is so refreshing to see this variety.  When I opened the gallery eight years ago, I noticed that paintings seemed to be predominantly oils, which is still as popular as ever, but there is room for so much more. 

Monoprint - Alice McMurrough RSW RGI PAI

The greatest addition is probably digital painting, where the computer (slightly more technical than this I think) is used as a medium to create the 'painting'.  Usually a very limited edition of them are printed.  Kevin Low is a great example of how this bold medium can be secondary to the work of art it is used to create.

Digital Painting - Kevin Low


And from digital, we have the Victorian technique of painting acrylic directly onto wood.  George Grant is best known for this.  He creates scenes on grained wooden panels, resulting in evocative images as if delved deep from the viewer's memories. 

Acrylic on Wood - George Grant
I love that these works can hang side by side, also along with mixed media, watercolour, and  many applied arts. 

Mixed Media - Cate Inglis

Of course there are no boundaries to creativity, and it's inspiring to see each individual find their medium, if not more than one.

Watercolour - David Martin RSW RGI

This exhibition continues until 23 February.

Thanks for reading!


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