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Janet Skea


I had a strict, traditional training and I work very conventionally. In paint in watercolour on paper, oil on canvas, and tempera and gouache on board, all with brushes. I use as limited a palette of colours as possible. Drawing is all important.I sketch first, and then draw out the work before painting, working from my sketches and objects in front of me. I tend to work on one painting at a time, but I have a long list of ideas, and up to four still lifes set up in my studio. These might change slightly before I get around to them. Sometimes I will dismantle one totally and start anew.I do not approve of simply displaying a concept and not painting it in the classical way.