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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Last week's best job: Celebrate Crieff Logo

A logo for a new voluntary Crieff group, 
who have formed to create and get funding for cultural events in the town....
I've joined it...of course!

Secessionville Painting, start-up!

I've no idea what the composition will be, but I've begun preparing a canvas for the battle painting
Why make gesso for one, when you can squash 3 or 4 canvasses into a space?

Some of the paints I'll use. This is my 'new' sketching travel box, already in a state!

 I mostly use traditional Sax oil paints. They're very expensive, natural pigment and hand made, but they are glorious!
The brushes are Black Hog hair - my favourite at the moment. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Secessionville Painting: The Campbell Brothers from Crieff

This year, in Crieff, a series of events will take place celebrating two brothers who emigrated to America from Crieff in 1856 and found themselves fighting on opposing sides in the American Civil War.
The Campbell Brothers were brought up in the street I live in, Mitchell Street, so it makes it even more special to have received a commission from the 'Celebration150' group to undertake the painting of a large oil which will be the centrepiece of an exhibition in Crieff that will include Union and Confederate uniforms, 'Loaner Colours' and work from local schools based upon the story.