Artist's Back to Basics

Gentle Giants

My works start long before lifting a brush. To gain familiarity with my subjects, I have visited many properties in different parts of the country. I have attended shows and events. I have sketched and taken many photographs. To study the action and feel of horses I have ridden hundreds of miles – trail riding, mustering and droving with sheep and cattle.

In my studio I have about 30,000 slides and countless photographs, together with a library full of books (collected on my travels) on art and horse anatomy. I also have reference books on the various breeds

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Materials
• Brushes – Select the right size and type of brush for what it is you are painting. Filberts are good for general brushwork and for softening edges. I often use them in portraiture and still life painting. Flat brushes are useful in achieving a bold
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Handling the Tools
I’ve noticed in my freehand drawing workshops lately that although I supply and explain the use of all six of the essential tools required for freehand drawing the same basic handling errors come up over and over again. Despite their having been two
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Spotlighting Patrick’s Exhibition Crash Paintings Contributed
Born in Melbourne in 1985 and raised in Sydney, Patrick attended The College of Fine Arts, experimenting with several mediums including film, video, sculpture and sound, before settling on painting. With two solo shows, both in 2008, Patrick discusse