colin ross jack

Can you tell us about yourself and your background as an artist/maker?

born and bred anstruther fife. now live in worcester. married with son, daughter and 5 grandkids

i have always drawn and painted. all kids do, and how sad that most stop at some stage.

japanese triptych 'if you love somebody, set them free'

Tell us a bit about your creative process.

ii have painted in pastel, oils and acrylic, now mostly oils apart from my japanese ukiyo-e style which is acrylic
i make my own canvases and frames
i paint fairly fast, often in one day
i find it all exciting!: the idea, the planning, the sketch, the rough underpainting, the final painting

Where you do usually work from?

i have a shed in the garden which is my studio
this keeps me out of my wife's hair and involves less mess! [ i am a messy painter]

Have you developed any unique or unusual techniques in your work?

i think so yes. my oils tend to be fairly conventional, slightly impressionist, usually thickly painted
the unusual technique i am proud of is mimicing the 18th C japanese uklyo-e woodblock art of artists like hokusai and do this i paint inflat acrlyic, with emphasis on pattern and colour rather than texture/chiarascuro like western art . i then outline the shapes with black felt pen to mimic the edges left proud by the woodblock cutter before printing with inks

Tell us about a favourite piece of work and what it means to you.

a recent painting of a japanese blossom park, with my wife rose and i in the background, painted when we should have been in japan to see the blossom [cancelled due to covid]

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

impressionists; van gogh, whistler; monet; sisley; japanese art

What advice would you have for artists who are just starting out?

keep painting! don't concentrate on one little area, cover the whole canvas fast then refine if you want

If you sell your work, can you tell us more about how you do this?

mainly online, through my own website [], artfinder, ebay. now trying eazyl also.
i have exhibited at the pittenweem arts festival in scotland every august for many years.
i also exhibit locally with worcester society of artists and droitwich arts network
i had a large solo exhibition at the worcester hive in 2019,and am hoping to exhibit there again

east fife sunrise

How has lockdown changed your creative process?

i have painted far more than usual in lockdown, with nowhere to go! [180 paintings in 2020 compared to my usual 60/80 mannually

Tell us about any future projects you have planned.

just to keep painting and exhibit at my usual places and online

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

if i didn't paint i would go crazy?
constable said the trees and skies ask him to paint them. i feel the same.

See more of Colin’s work on his Worcestershire Artists page.

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