Artist and Insight School of Art Director Paul Regan gives us a breakdown of his key art materials for painting courses as explores the best selection of products for watercolour, acrylic and watermixable oil painting.
Here's each individual bundle Paul has kindly demonstrated:
Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolour tube set of 12 8ml - This included in the range of essential colours and also one from the Artists’ Quality series to give you a broad palette to work from. Cass Art Jumbo Watercolour contain 50 sheets of acid free 300gsm watercolour paper, making them perfect for experimenting or producing multiple pieces of work. In terms of brushes Cotman Brushes. have a sharp point and full belly and combine spring and colour-carrying capacity to an enviable degree.
Winsor and Newton Galleria Acrylic are ideal for artists who require a good quality acrylic at an affordable price. This range features colours with a high level of pigmentation, good covering power and brush stroke retention. The Galleria Acrylic Pad has canvas-textured paper made from high-quality wood-free fibre, and is also acid-free, so won't discolour with age. The Daler Rowney System 3 Brush Set brings you 10 short handled brushes specifically designed for working in acrylic paint. The ergonomic, balanced short handles are excellent for close work too.
Winsor and Newton Artisan Watermixable Oil Set, contains all the essentials for getting started with watermixable oil paints. You get a broad range of colours - Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Deep Hue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue Hue, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Cass Art Oil and Acrylic Pad is the perfect surface for this paint as it's treated with a sizing agent that prevents oil paint from sinking through.
Paul Regan is a passionate British painter whose works have featured in a range of prizes, publications and exhibitions throughout London. He paints the things he notices when walking his dog in North London, at the intersection of city, highway and countryside. Primarily interested in how light affects how one responds to a place, he composes paintings that depict streetlights, twilight and the way light sits between nature and urban elements within a suburban setting. Regan's overall aesthetic appears immersive and nostalgic, at once empty and thoroughly lived in.
Insight School of Art has been providing an 'art school' style education to people wanting to become better painters since 2001. Before Covid-19 we ran twenty three different classes each week, covering adult education, children's classes and mentoring for new and emerging artists looking to exhibit in London galleries. During the Covid-19 lockdown, we continued to provide an art education by meeting students on Zoom and sending lessons and critiquing using email. In the summer of 2020, we re-opened our studios, with many new safety measures in place, and offered classes over Zoom simultaneously.
We currently use two spaces for classes. Our stunning 1000sqft, purpose built studio on Whetstone High Road N20, where we now hold the majority of our classes, and a 'home from home' space in Bricket Wood, near St Albans, where we hold classes on Fridays. - Paul Regan
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