Thursday, January 5, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Scott Gellatly

"Northwest Waters"
Scott Gellatly was one of those child artists that just never stopped drawing and painting as he moved through life.  His work is anything but childlike, showing great care and softness of the details in his oil landscapes.  Scott now works with Gamblin Artist Colors as the product manager, so he knows a thing or two about high quality art materials.  He chooses professional grade oil paints as well as finely finished wood panels for his substrates and uses high quality brushes to apply his strokes.

"Last of the coastal light"
He believes that the brush is an extension of his hand, so his tools are incredibly important to his work, having the right shape, the right amount of flexibility.  

Traditionally, he works with filbert bristle brushes,  "I don't care for the sharp edges of brush-marks that flats give, though I find small flats useful for smaller marks," he says.  The filberts allow for Scott to move the paint around without leaving strong brush marks.  Scott has been painting for so long that it is an intuitive process for him, as with many artists.  He shares that "any brush techniques he applies are simply part of the intuitive painting process, the length and softness of the bristle, how the brush is held, the amount of pressure put behind the brush and the viscosity of the paint are all important" in achieving the variety of mark making in his work.
For a new artist, Scott recommends choosing different styles and shapes so that experimentation can help in finding the right tools.  Dynasty has a lot of brushes to choose from for new artists, so tap into the brush wizard to get started looking for brushes that might work for your medium and style.  "Take time to experiment," Scott suggests, "and soon the right tools will become evident."

For more information about Scott's work, refer to the Brian Marki gallery.  

Keep Painting,
Karyn

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