Jacqueline Coates talks about her painting style





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Published on May 3, 2013

'I either paint with a thick textured oil impasto responding to the inspiration around me, or with a smooth built up in layers approach painting from photos I take to capture light on floral forms.

They are totally different approaches and i love them both. The painting from life uses a massive amount of paint.These painting sessions are high energy and in the moment working with an ephemeral subject matter that has to be captured in a short time frame.

The smooth approach takes longer as loads of small details and adjustments of colour and blending. it can be planned because I capture the subject matter and light in the photo.

Painting from life with all that paint flying out of the tubes and fresh unworked over mark making demands every part of me to be there for it. I feel it reflects my unconscious knowing. Always chaotic in the process somehow order just manages to prevail.


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