Artist turns painting on its head

PUBLISHED: 06:59 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 07:44 18 January 2016

'Upside down' artist Colin Brown

'Upside down' artist Colin Brown


Colin Brown shows Seaton and District Art Society members his upside down technique

‘Upside down’ acrylic painter Colin Brown brought a photograph along to Seaton and District Art Society’s latest meeting to help demonstrate his unusual technique.

He always begins upside down so that the picture content will not distract him from its shape, form and tone.

With his harbourside scene placed upside down beside his bright orange painting board, he mapped out shapes and patterns with a very big brush dipped in black acrylic paint and washing up liquid. Colin used a board that he had previously covered with orange coloured gesso, as he prefers a rigid surface to work on, and a bright background that will show through his brushwork.

Once the whole scene was mapped out, he turned board and photograph the right way up and began to mark in darker and lighter areas and contrasting colours. He didn’t wash his brush between colours, just added more colour and the washing up liquid for lubrication.

“Don’t worry about getting colours right yet”, said Colin. “You can adjust that later. Tone is more important than colour, and use a big brush to block in shapes. There is no point putting in detail at this stage. ”

He pointed out that if lovely details were added too soon in the wrong place, we would be very reluctant to scrub them out and move them. Details should only be added towards the end, using a smaller brush. The main thing is not to panic.

A group spokesman said: “We couldn’t wait to rush home after the meeting and turn our canvases upside down.”

Seaton and District Art Society meets in Seaton Town Hall at 2pm, on the first Monday of every month. Visitors are welcome.

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