Today’s featured artist is Grace McKee:
I discovered the joy of painting about 7 years ago when I retired from my career as a pathologist. My specialty involved looking down the microscope at cells and tissues to make a diagnosis. The microscope images were colourful (being stained prior to examination) and the more malignant the cell the prettier it was!! So the artistic aspect was what probably attracted me to the discipline! Painting has now replaced pathology and has become my passion!
I paint primarily in oils but also in watercolours. I love the richness of thick, colourful oil paintings and the ability to change paintings as I go along. Watercolours are easy to transport, hence ideal for travelling. They can be fun but are not as forgiving as oils. Drawing has always played a large role in my life, even as a child.
I have also done some sculpture though I have to find a studio near where we live where I can continue that art form.
Having attended several workshops with internationally renowned artists, and as I paint every day, there are some tips that I find absolutely essential:
Good drawing is essential for good (realistic) painting, hence I would recommend keeping a little sketchbook handy and drawing whenever one has a few spare moments.
Invest in the best quality brushes that one can afford as it is very disconcerting to find brush hairs coming off onto one’s painting! However, hugely expensive sable brushes are not essential for a lovely painting.
Try to do some painting every day. Practice makes perfect!
If possible attend workshops held by artists whose work one admires.
I use a palette knife almost more that I use brushes with my oil paintings as I like the impasto effect.
My art can be purchased via my website (www.artbygrace.net) or Saatchi online or Artists & Illustrators online.
Thank you Grace! I appreciate your art interview for us.
And thank you to all the readers out there dropping by to check out my guests this month.