graham brace
Welsh landscape painter and seascape
artist and illustrator living and working
in the heart of the Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park
   

MY TECHNIQUE

 

Virtually all my art is rendered in a mixture of media but with a predominance of coloured pencil.

I work on high white Daler-Rowney Studland Mount Board because it is smooth (for rendering high detail) yet with sufficient 'tooth' to take soft pastel and art pencil well (as well as watercolour, ink and marker). It is resilient and will stand a significant amount of layering, blending and erasing without the surface of the board deteriorating.

Generally, I start with laying down large areas of foundation colour in soft pastels (including pastel pencils), which I blend and rub into the surface using my fingers or soft tissue. I tidy up the edges with a rubber or battery-operated eraser and then I spray with fixative. I tend to render my skies in soft pastel - once again blending and shaping with my finger tips and lifting out clouds with a rubber/eraser/tissue. Once this 'underpainting' is complete I then work in the detail and subtle tones over the areas of pastel using coloured pencils. I will use a mixture of art types and brands (it really is 'horses for courses') depending on the mark and effect required for the art work (but mainly Faber Castell Albrecht Durer, Derwent Watercolour and Derwent Coloursoft). I add highlights and further detail using gouache with a fine sable brush. Occasionally, I will use marker pens, inks and watercolours in order to achieve a particular effect.

A combination of my own photographs, memories, notes and sketches provide the reference for my art in wales and a little occasional artisitic licence and improvisation helps complete the finished painting back in my studio.

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Mike's Longliner
welsh art
Clapper Bridge,
Ogwen Valley
wales
Autumn Morning,
Edward's Pill
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Pebble And Rock Study 1
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Pebble And Rock Study 2
wales
Remnants Of Autumn
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Mullock Farm
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River Neath at Resolven
wales
Llech-y-Drybedd
Cromlech
artists in wales
Castle Pill,
Milford Haven
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Big Sky over the
Cunnigar Field
Ashdale Lane
Bright December Day,
Port Lion
Foxy Frosty Morning
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Winter Vista, Newton
sea scape artists
Outward Bound
from Milford
paintings of the sea
Patrick's Dinghy
coloured pencil artist
Preseli Hillside with
Hawthorns
pencil artists
The Paddock,
Sandy Haven
welsh landscape painters
Cold Snap,
Llangwm
welsh landscapes
Tudor's Pool
pembrokeshire artist
Life on a
Church Wall
Swan Study
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Three Swans in
Evening's Rosy Glow
welsh landscape painters
Dancing Trees
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Breaking Wave
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Hanging Stone
Cromlech
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Beachscape,
Druidston
paintings of the sea
Deadman's Bay,
Marloes Peninsula
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Haroldston Church
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Wooltack Point,
Marloes Peninsula
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The Rhosygilwen Flock


Please note that these paintings were either commissioned or are already sold and are included to demonstrate the scope of my work.

 




Graham Brace - Pembrokeshire, Wales


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