To get in the spirit of these warm summer months, we're cooling off by looking back at our Make A Splash Watercolour Challenge. Artist Denise Mitchell shared many woodland-inspired watercolours with us during the competition, and we wanted to ask about her favourite art materials and Yorkshire inspired work.
In case you hadn't heard, Rosie Vohra was the overall winner of the competition, but we had many wonderful entries and wanted to get to know the artists behind some of the submissions. Read on for our interview with Denise Mitchell, a practicing artist who lives in Baildon, Yorkshire.
Thanks so much for taking part in Make A Splash, Denise! What did you gain from the challenge?
Setting time aside to play.
Did you train as an artist or do you paint for fun?
I attended Bradford Art College which set really good foundations but the bottom line is I do it because I love it, and I'm not complete without it.
What is it that you love about the mediums of pastel, watercolour and oil paint?
I love pastels for their directness & vibrancy; watercolours for their fluidity and slightly unnerving unpredictability, and oils for their rich, buttery qualities and forgiving nature.
Do you have a favourite art material and if so, what do you love about it?
A sable watercolour brush. I've no idea what brand it is but it's possibly a size 8. I know that it was a free gift from an art shop and thought that it probably wouldn't be any good but on the contrary it behaves beautifully. It has longer tuft and slimmer body than most and points really well. I wish I had more of them!
Your work seems inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire landscape, but what else are you influenced by?
Absolutely. However I find inspiration within many things, but whatever I draw or paint I always seem to return to my love of nature.
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Find out more about Denise Mitchell's artwork on her website.
Check out the work of our other Make A Splash entrants on our blog, including the bright watercolours of Fay Summers and winner Rosie Vohra.