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Jonathan Roger

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Old Wye Bridge, Hereford

Hereford Cathedral, Church Street

Magnis Roman Town (Kenchester, near Hereford)

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I work outdoors, few other artists do so now and I believe it makes a huge difference.
My preparatory drawing is always on site. The next stage, again outdoors is the underpainting once used by the French artist Jean Millet. The result is a monotone painting (traditionally in yellow ochre mixed with burnt umber) and I am not the only person who considers the underpainting of lights & shadows a lovely work in itself. The final stage is applying colour allowing the underpainting to shine through

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

A meditative finished piece that the eye can just enjoy. "Capture the moment as if you could walk in to the picture. As you know composition is crucial. I also use a limited palette for harmony. I am trained to keep to a key colour throughout to link the pallet, raw umber or burnt umber or burnt sienna. I like the underpainting to shine through the colour on the surface. The underpainting is an easier way I find to get the values of lights and shadows in immediately too.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

New artist on COMMISSIONS. Price: £40 (monotone classical underpainting technique) OR Price: £60 (taking this underpainting to the next colour stage.)
No deposit & no obligation to buy the painting. Your favourite view of Hereford Cathedral or a well recognised popular local landscape view.
An original acrylic painting on small plywood boards (FSC from sustainably managed forests) prepared with 5x coats of galeria white gesso primer.
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Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

New artist on Commissions.
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CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

On a 1 to 1 course I learnt acrylic painting from a professional artist, Robin Holder (of Worcester, who drove to my Hereford home studio for one morning session every month for one year. This speeded up my painting progress. Robin is a landscape artist, I learnt a tremendous amount. It is much more productive than a group class.
I rediscovered drawing in 2008 and attended life class.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

HACS annual exhibition.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

None yet.

Venues Description: 
HACS at the Green Dragon, venue 4
Venues Confirmed: 
Yes

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