THE STUDIO

MOON STUDIO

I have painted in many studios across the years and this studio is probably the best because of the light which is the most important feature for a painter.

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STUDIO LIGHT.

A well lit studio is crucial for how a painting will be seen.Natural light is the strongest light there is. If it stands up to a strong light it can survive in any light ,(particularly if it is shown in a subdued setting).This studio has two light sources which can be modified by the studio screens if it is too strong ,such as during the Summer months, when they can be closed

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PALETTE

I paint with acrylics which is a very resilient paint with rich colours.But because it dries fairly quickly, the palette colours need to be sprayed with water. I divide my palette into two halves ; the warm colours on the left and the cool colours on the right and I also have a drainage channel so excess paint can drain away and not affect the other colours I also tend to use very small brushes because of the level of detail required.

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PRIVATE VIEW.

I frame and hang the work around my studio in order to see how they will look in a gallery setting and this sometimes means repainting the work if I think that is not properly balanced.

WORK IN PROGRESS.

I frequently work on 4/5 or six paintings simultaneously. Partly to let the paint dry in between each stage and also to give me some 'distance' between the works as they develop.

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PHOTOGRAPHING THE WORK.

The final part of the studio process is photographing the finished work.This is a crucial and difficult part of the finishing off, because if it is done badly this will be reflected in the success or failure of any gallery submissions. But It can also highlight imperfections in the paintings which frequently means reworking the piece

GERARD TUNNEY PAINTINGS

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