anything about art – interesting points on creating paintings – alan brain art

This blog is for anything about art and a way to share anything arty. Have you an interesting point or observation? If so then please share it here in the comments section at the end of each blog post. Enjoy the read – you will find art tidbits that can be of interest to art lovers and artists alike. Painting tips, artists quotes, step by step examples on how a painting is created, and more.

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Polluting our Planet – making it visible through art

Posted by on 17 Apr 2017 in blog | 6 comments

Polluting our Planet – making it visible through art

Polluting our planet… continues. The USA alone denies Global Warming. Here is my way of protesting – through my art. Please comment, I really want to hear what you say. Thank you. Share this...

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painting mother – a challenge and a great learning experience

Posted by on 27 Mar 2017 in blog | 5 comments

painting mother – a challenge and a great learning experience

Painting Mother   What to get for my mother’s ninetieth birthday? She has all she needs, hmm, and then I thought I would paint her a painting. What an obvious (but almost overlooked by yours truly) solution. So what to paint…? It soon became clear that a corny card like painting (flowers and a 90 sign) would be just that – corny, and anyway I can’t do those sort of paintings. So a personal painting (now that is what I do all the time) is good. I want it to warm her heart. How to do that?… By painting my...

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Emotion in Art – Three Anxious Birds

Posted by on 23 Sep 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Emotion in Art – Three Anxious Birds

To create an emotion in art is always a challenge. To create an emotion in abstract art is even more challenging. Using symbols is one way that helps. These paintings use birds, highly abstracted birds, as symbols to convey an emotion, a feeling … – or do they?   Only you the viewer knows the answer. It can be  “nothing” and I understand, but if there is a reaction then I know and respect that the feeling invoked is personal to you. Share this...

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Painting strong watercolours – how do you do that?

Posted by on 17 Sep 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Painting strong watercolours – how do you do that?

I am often asked about how I get watercolour to be so strong, vibrant and colourful. Painting strong watercolours is what I do and I am happy to answer folks questions here. I hope this is of value to painters and I welcome any comments, just use the box at the end of the post to add any points or questions you have. Share this...

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Mysterious Figure Paintings

Posted by on 8 Apr 2016 in blog | 1 comment

Mysterious Figure Paintings

A series of mysterious figure paintings – use frustration to fuel creation When you find an idea in painting it is a good idea to work hard on it and produce a series of paintings. A series can be very satisfying and can drive an artist to create new ideas in their work. Artists get frustrated easily but this frustration can fuel creation. It is in those moments of thinking “I have no more ideas” that a new idea forms and that leads to exciting new possibilities. Here follows a journey that resulted in a series of mysterious...

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Dialogue with Death Exhibition

Posted by on 17 Nov 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Dialogue with Death Exhibition

In March 2015 I was pleased to exhibit some of my war series paintings at the Dialogue with Death exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in St Pancras London, here are some images showing how they looked… Share this...

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BMW Sunningdale Paintings for Mini Clubman Launch

Posted by on 21 Oct 2015 in blog | 0 comments

I am delighted to be part of the new BMW mini clubman launch on October 30th at BMW Sunningdale. Share this...

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Change a Painting -why?

Posted by on 16 Jul 2015 in blog | 4 comments

Change a Painting -why?

recent paintings  Why change a painting? Alan Brain recalls some examples…   Sometimes, after you think you have finished you decide to change a painting. It can be months later, even years –  that itch to alter it some, develops into an irresistible urge and inevitably you go for it!   And sometimes you get it wrong and the painting is abandoned, but sometimes it works for sure and you are pleased you did it; other times you just don’t know. Such is life, each painting is an experiment after all.   Here is a...

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three abstract paintings in yellow

Posted by on 7 Jun 2015 in blog | 0 comments

three abstract paintings in yellow

“Paint more abstract yellow paintings” That was guidance given to me (well an instruction really 🙂 )  from a lady who knows – Katherine Lieu. So I have. And they keep coming. Here are three and I am happy to say they have been accepted for the Summer Show at the Oil and Water Gallery in Wandsworth, this July. Share this...

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Good to be part of the Guild of Aviation Artists with my Different Aviation Paintings

Posted by on 5 May 2015 in blog | 2 comments

Good to be part of the Guild of Aviation Artists with my Different Aviation Paintings

I have rejoined The Guild of Aviation Artists. They have helped me indulge my passion for painting aeroplanes, indeed anything to do with aviation. My artwork changed from realistic representation to abstract art and now I paint very different aviation paintings. I got a few frowns and sideways looks from some of the members :). My work did not fit anymore so I quit. I am happy to say after rejoining my work is welcomed (mostly) and anyway they are a good bunch of people. There is room for different aviation paintings and the Guild should be...

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Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition 2015 – Here We Come!

Posted by on 1 Feb 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition 2015 – Here We Come!

The Royal Watercolour Society has selected two of my artist friends (and me) to exhibit in their annual open in 2015, needless to say we are delighted 🙂 Share this...

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The Christmas truce 1914

Posted by on 28 Nov 2014 in blog | 0 comments

The Christmas truce 1914

One hundred years ago Europe was at war…a brief truce happened at Christmas To commemorate the event and to discuss the impact on human compassion in times of war, a chaired discussion and exhibition of paintings and sculptures has been organised. It is to be held at The Mall Gallery in London on 11th. December – you are invited to attend. Share this...

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making simple paintings is a challenge

Posted by on 10 Nov 2014 in blog | 0 comments

making simple paintings is a challenge

Simple paintings – hah! I have always wanted my message from the painting to be loud and clear. For years I have been using everything I can to try and do that. Everything like colour, texture, shapes within shapes, line , everything and anything. Now I am realising it doesn’t have to be like that and making the painting simple can be a powerful way of delivering your intent. This post looks at some examples so far. I would love your comments… Share this...

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Cropping Paintings – to crop or not to crop?

Posted by on 2 Oct 2014 in blog | 3 comments

Cropping Paintings – to crop or not to crop?

Should an artist ever crop their painting? I think “YES” but consider carefully first. And then reconsider before reaching for the scissors… Share this...

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Leatherhead Art Society Evening

Posted by on 19 Sep 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Leatherhead Art Society Evening

A couple of nights ago I did a talk at Leatherhead Art Society on Inspiration… here is a summary of my notes Share this...

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World War One paintings

Posted by on 5 Jul 2014 in blog | 6 comments

World War One paintings

One hundred years ago the war to end all wars began, it was called The Great War. It lasted over four years and millions were slaughtered to no avail, it all started again nineteen years later and was renamed World War One. That war, The Great War 1914 -18, changed most everyone’s lives including mine. I feel compelled to express my views of the conflict in paint and I do so very respectfully. This contemporary art – World War One paintings, are the results so far. Share this...

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very different paintings

Posted by on 24 Feb 2014 in blog | 5 comments

very different paintings

Every Thursday I teach art, I love it not least because I learn so much. I paint differently to my usual approach to illustrate particular points. The results are normally discarded but this time after some encouragement by the students I decided to work on a couple of paintings in my studio. I am so pleased I did, I had so much fun and broadened my approach some – can’t be bad! Here are two paintings I finished in my studio later…           I just loved getting the energy into this painting. It looked...

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How I Paint (well, this type of painting anyway)

Posted by on 15 Sep 2013 in blog | 3 comments

How I Paint (well, this type of painting anyway)

Painting for me begins with an idea and that can come from anywhere but usually it is an idea that occurred to me while I was painting my last one. And so a theme grows at least while the ideas keep flowing. When they stop flowing I find a new idea and so it begins again.   Underlying the idea is always the key point of what feeling do I want to express. A painting without a feeling is just wall candy, soulless and soon forgotten. I want to make paintings that draw and connect with folk. However getting feeling into paintings is what I...

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paintings for the office

Posted by on 21 Jul 2013 in blog | Comments Off on paintings for the office

paintings for the office

Rent or buy paintings for the office directly from the artist. Reports are excellent from Alliance Healthcare (Boots) Head Office on the introduction of paintings into their office. Ascot Business park and other businesses in Surrey have enjoyed original art supplied by Alan Brain Share this...

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red and blue paintings

Posted by on 2 Jun 2013 in blog | 2 comments

red and blue paintings

 Painting with one colour, red and blue paintings thus far.   To use one colour in a painting is challenging to me. I want the emotion to be created by the single hue in a simple design. Concentrating on red and blue paintings is teaching me a lot about shades and tints and realising (yet again) how important shapes are to my type of painting. Reds and blues are my choices so far and red is by far the more challenging. Take a look and tell me what you think (in the comments box at the end of the post), I really appreciate all...

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art show success?

Posted by on 27 May 2013 in blog | 0 comments

art show success?

I have just finished an art show and the obvious question arises – “was it a success?” A lot of us measure an art show success by how much money we made; that is important of course but I believe we should also ask  – ⁄ did I get some follow on – ……teaching opportunities ……future sales ……gallery interest ……valuable contacts   ⁄ what did I learn about my work from the visitors that can be acted upon, such as did new ideas occur to me from their comments / did...

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It’s okay to copy

Posted by on 12 May 2013 in blog | 1 comment

It’s okay to copy

It’s okay to copy someone else’s work, just don’t claim it as your own. We learn by copying – understanding the artist’s technique can improve our own, and we understand better how the artist created the mood/feeling he/she wanted in the painting. In this example I believe the mood is captured primarily by the shapes such as the tilt of the head, the colour is mostly decorative. tell me what you think…               more painting by Ann Fitch can be found on Cartmel Art...

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diebenkorn influence? not directly

Posted by on 6 Apr 2013 in blog | 2 comments

diebenkorn influence? not directly

Someone said recently that my work looks like it has been influenced by Diebenkorn. At the time I knew the name but not the artist’s work. So I took a look (Isn’t Google images wonderful?) and yes I see some parallels. I have looked more closely and oh boy I love some of his stuff.  How do I feel about the comparison? Great but I got where I am My Way! But it is okay to be influenced (or not) by him in the future I reckon Here is some of the great man’s work – Share this...

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For Reigate Art Society

Posted by on 1 Apr 2013 in blog | 0 comments

For Reigate Art Society

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you all at the Reigate Art Society Evenings we did together. I hope you got some pointers that will help you along your artistic journey. You will recall I started to paint to illustrate the points we discussed which were – ….find someting you feel strongly about to paint … paint like a child, directly, spontaneously, without inhibitions and rules to follow … see shapes not objects and arrange them to make the feeling you want to make …colour those shapes in with passion...

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artists quotes

Posted by on 26 Mar 2013 in blog | 2 comments

artists quotes

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visit open studio gallery in surrey

Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in blog | 4 comments

visit open studio gallery in surrey

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tips for artists

Posted by on 20 Oct 2012 in blog | 15 comments

tips for artists

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please yourself

Posted by on 17 Jan 2012 in blog | 2 comments

please yourself

I tape down a sheet of paper to a board and then paint, nothing shattering about that! but I will confess that when I am finished and remove the tape to reveal that clean white border, I get a small thrill.  Here is one I have just done. Share this...

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