My name is Andrew Lucas and I was born and grew up in the City of Salisbury, England. And, being surrounded by countryside and medieval architecture, my love of rural and urban spaces started from a young age. I found that art and drawing always came naturally and allowed me to express the way I felt about the world around me.
In my late teens, I began teaching myself how to paint in watercolour. This seemed a natural progression from drawing to me. With its unforgiving nature, it allowed me to forge a love, respect and passion for the medium and its difficulties early on. And through the early years of trial and error, I started to produce confident paintings.
I have worked in all mediums but found that watercolour was the most expressive for me and so the majority of my work is centered around it.
In 2003, I held my first solo exhibition titled ” The Inspirational world ” in the Portico Gallery in Salisbury. This was a great success and was a crucial stepping stone, confirming my desire to become an artist and to share my passion for painting with the wider audience.
Later that year, I relocated to Torquay in Devon, South West England where I still live and work today, painting new collections and pieces consisting of architectural studies, landscape, seascapes, as well as other subjects that may inspire me.
My technique for painting watercolour is very much in the traditional style of building up several washes. This can be a very time consuming way of painting, but I feel that the results offer freshness, structure and a sense of togetherness and belonging to the piece. After the initial body of washes have been applied, attention can be given to form, tone and details, as well as other techniques that will bind the painting together.
I have always followed the ideal of using the best materials that I can and that are available to me. I use both pan and tube watercolour paint, and I find both can be easily used and offer very good results. I currently use Winsor & Newton Professional series paint in both pans and tubes, as I find they offer the greatest luminosity and pigment qualities.
I use all three types of watercolour paper, Hot pressed, Cold ” NOT ” surface and rough, with preference depending on the subject I am painting. I mainly use 300gsm/140lb weight as I find that this is heavy enough to cope with almost all subject demands. From the various papers that I use, a particular favourite is Daler-Rowney The Langton and Bockingford papers, both having excellent structure and quality allowing you to lay multiple washes without hindrance.
I also like to use I also use an acid free heavy weight cartridge paper which I find very good for working watercolour. It is, however, a very fast paper to work on in regard to paint flow and drying time and so you have to keep that in mind and work quickly. I use a mixture of synthetic and sable/natural brushes, including mops, riggers, flat and round profiles, with preference given to natural hair as it holds onto paint far better.
The synthetic brush at the same time is far more hard wearing and very good for certain applications where the sable brush would fail, and so is also a great asset to have within your brush collection and one that shouldn’t be disregarded.
I feel that drawing and planning are paramount to making a good painting, and so I will spend a good deal of time with the initial drawing before tackling the final piece. I find it is also very healthy to work in a more spontaneous manner, to just paint and leave planning to the moment. This method I also enjoy very much.
I have great interest in architecture and relish in the challenge of a complicated structure to paint, this offers a great sense of achievement as the image must capture the soul of the building you are attempting to reproduce. I also have a great passion for landscapes and seascapes, and so many of my paintings have a reference to these also.
My aim through my artistry is to evoke real emotion and engage with as many people as I can through sharing my passion for painting and art. To build a lasting following of people who find a real sense of purpose, meaning, and passion through the work that I produce. Most of all, to let everybody enjoy the art as much as I enjoy making it, I hope you all enjoy the work.
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