Hayroo Brushes – A New Brand & A Brand New Set Of Tools In My Arsenal

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New Art Supplies Are Always Exciting!

I recently got my hands on a new set of brushes from an exciting new start up brand called Hayroo(Click Here For Company Website), I have so far used them to work on two study paintings and I must say I have been impressed with the results.

Whilst I don’t intend to write a formal product review in the conventional sense, I did feel the need to get a blog post written to show my personal views on working with the brushes and the results of doing so.

What’s in the box?

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This 13 Piece Art Brush Set Included A Travel Bag, Paint Knife, Sponge, and Paint Palette!

I really do believe that you get bang for your buck with these brushes; they hold up well under detailed, gentle, soft blending paint work as well as choppy, loose and rough paint slinging. The brushes keep their shape well and have a good flexibility with a generous amount of bristles.

Another sure tell tale sign of a good or bad brush is how they hold up to a good clean up; I have managed to clean each and every brush after each painting session without losing any hair so far and without any splaying, misshapen hairs; and that is more than I can say for a lot of the leading brands that I have used over the past few years.

Resulting Artworks

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The Fallen Tower – Hadleigh Castle – Oil Paint Sketch
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Viking Longship at Sea – Speed Painting – Oil on Canvas – 5″ x 7″

These two paintings are my results so far from using the Hayroo Brushes, the length of the brushes helped me to paint more loosely and expressively than I usually do which gave a nice change of pace.

I’m planning my first proper plein air painting session for some time in the next couple of weeks and I will be using the Hayroo Brushes for that and documenting the process throughout the day, be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay updated!

Overall, I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new set of brushes to check out this exciting new brand and give them a go!

Hayroo Website – https://hayroo.com/

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Hayroo Instagram – @Hayroo_family


The Farewell Speech!

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Original Oil Painting Sale – Dragon Fantasy Art Illustration

The Last Flight of the War Drakes

The horns of the fell war blew a cry to awake

Through the night and the day, to the fight of an age

Over mountains and pastures the flight of the drakes

To the end of an era, to the light that’ll fade

“To the war! To the war!” cried the chief of the Wyrms

Every winged beast and creature full of evil that lurked

In the world at that time had a reason to purge

The fair people of Earth, and then see that it burned

The last flight of the War Drakes was the one and only time that the great dragons had ever been known to band together as a unitary force; they flew with intense fury and vengeance to the battlefronts of the Fell War leaving a burning trail of destruction and death in their wake.

They flew to their demise and apparent extinction once the Eldar caused the ‘Burning Sky’ ending the fell war and eradicating every evil creature present.

Thus concluded the last flight of the War Drakes.

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Oil on Box Canvas – 8″ x 10″

The Farewell Speech!

If you’re interested in bagging yourself an original artwork or a fine art print then check out my Etsy Shop –

JGloverArt Etsy Shop – Fine Art Prints & Original Artwork/Illustration

As always, be sure to follow/subscribe to my blog to stay updated.

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Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

Artistic Inspiration – The Muse

For this insight writing an examination of the concept of the muse has been an interesting task to undertake; I have trawled through a range of dusty old tomes and consulted the Delphi Oracle, as well as using the modern technology lying at my fingertips in order to gather enough information and research to meditate on thoroughly and to write a post about.

The main reason for my investigation of the muse is to better understand the history of the idea, in order to better understand my own personal interpretation of my muse. This undertaking will provide some scope on the subject but I don’t intend to write an entire book about it, so it may be brief in parts.

To begin this short pilgrimage through the philosophy and ideology behind the muse, it’s probably best to start at the beginning, or the beginning of the concept of muses anyway.

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The Joy of Change!

I’ve been making a lot of changes to my blog and approach to my work of late, the redesign process has gone relatively smoothly and I’m a lot happier with how everything is looking now. I’m also happy for any feedback on the overall look on my site, just click this link and you’ll be spirited across the vast oceans of internet before quickly being settled into my personal stronghold.

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InkTober 2016 – Week 2

So here we are, in week 2 (according to my posting schedule) of InkTober 2016, and what a week it has been; I’ve found it a struggle to get the sketches done on some days due to other commitments and I missed a day this week; shame on me…

Anyway, straight to business, here are the sketches –

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Brief Update

I decided that it would be a good idea to publish a little update post in order to keep everyone informed and up to date with the latest; also to remind myself that I still have a blog to keep alive.

On the 18th of May I passed my driving test and a week later got my first car, so I’ve been spending a lot of time driving about and getting used to the car, as well as visiting places that previously required a long hog on a bus. It’s a totally liberating feeling accompanied by a great sense of achievement; before long I’ll be getting myself into a weekly life drawing class which has been on the agenda for a long time.  

On the downside I have temporarily lost my studio as it has currently become a bedroom for my sister-in-law and therefore this has got in the way of my painting schedule; with that said though it is only temporary and I’ll soon be back at the easel where I belong and finishing off the Ruins Project.

The worst of it is that I had just got myself into a well disciplined routine of work, working on a few pieces at once and actually getting somewhere with it. In a fortnight or so things should be back to how they were and better; it has helped in a strange way because I’m hungrier than ever to get into my sanctum sanctorum and create.

My fortnightly Morning Coffee has also suffered lately but will be returning Friday 10th June and revamped; I’ve got some great ideas for content and I’m looking forward to getting back into that.

Anyway that’s about it as far as updates go, I’ll be back with a post soon and hopefully some new artwork.

Until then, take care!

JGlover

Morning Coffee V – The Ides of March and Tiramisu

Good Morning

Welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee, if you’re here and reading this, congratulations as you managed to survive the Ides of March on Tuesday. Although that doesn’t mean to say that you came through it unscathed; so get the coffee brewed and let the aroma begin to work its magic on your senses.

Let’s start with the Ideas of March; now I’m not one that believes in things such as omens, superstitions or numerological harbingers, but the Ides of March does stand out in my mind and holds a certain sense of foreboding; with as much thanks to Shakespeare as Julius Caesar.

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Morning Coffee IV – Art UK

Good morning all and welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee.

It’s been a busy and productive week so far and I plan to continue that productivity well into the weekend, there’s a lot to be done and 24 hours in a day is just not enough. I’ve laid out the canvas for the final painting of my current project; Ruins. I also published a new insight post this week, about Artistic Inspiration and the Muses and I’ve begun work on a small commission which looks to have a promising outcome.

This week I thought I would share a new website that I’ve recently discovered via an article in the Guardian newspaper and it looks to be a very promising site indeed.

The website is called Art UK and is basically a huge database of public works of art and it aims to include every public artwork whether it’s a painting, drawing, sculpture and so on, making them all available in one place and in turn creating the greatest online gallery of public art in the UK.

Currently, Art UK is home to over 212,000 artworks of almost 40,000 artists, so it is already a large collection and I’m sure it will grow ten fold over the coming years. As said before, all public art in the UK being showcased is the intention, and that will come to include the 80% of public art that is in storage and rarely seen by the public, bringing something seemingly new and refreshing to the public eye; also next year work will begin to capture and store over 100,000 sculptures.

As us art fanatics are already aware, there are a fair few online galleries of public artworks available online but there is something very promising about Art UK, I think it’s the effort they’re going to to find and store all of the UK’s public art and the fact that every image of the artworks stored will be of a high quality, eventually competing and possibly beating the likes of Wikimedia.

Personally I think it’s a huge undertaking but the results are sure to be fruitful and I will more than happily trawl through the website’s content, hopefully they will continue to include a decent bit of information on each artwork as well, more than just the medium, surface and size of the piece, I like something I can get my teeth into and that’s a rarity with most online gallery spaces. 

Another great thing about this initiative is that for the first time, the public art collection will be able to be reached by any member of the public that has access to the internet, which requires no money whatsoever if you have a library card and use a computer there; it truly opens up the art world to the entire populace and that’s the way it should be, after all it is the public that owns all of this art even if it is in an indirect manner.

That’s it for this week’s Morning Coffee, I have included the links to the Art UK site throughout this post but if you missed them you can find it at – http://www.artuk.org – it’s definitely worth checking out and it will continue to grow, projects such as this one are inspirational to us all as art lovers and keep us informed of our artistic heritage.

Until next time, take care and keep the coffee flowing!

JGlover

Morning Coffee III – Espresso Shot

Good morning all and welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee.

So my alarm went off at 06:40 as intended, at the same time my percolator started to work its magic and brew me a nice jug of coffee to begin the day with; and all in all I woke up feeling good. One could easily say that today would be a fine day, because of the nice and well-timed beginning of it. 

It never lasts long…

I left home with plenty of time, took the 20 or so minute walk to the bus stop and just as the stop came into my line of sight, so did the bus, leaving it. Never mind though, the buses are quite regular it should only be a 15 minute wait.

40 minutes in the freezing cold, a head ache and frostbite on every toe later, the bus arrived. The time slot I arrived at the bus stop is the only slot of the entire day where there is a 40 minute interval between buses; it’s a good thing that I don’t believe in luck, or I’d be thinking it was a curse.

As a result of the irritatingly time-consuming start to the day, this post has been cut short; the espresso shot of Morning Coffee posts; and I am just going to end it with a quote that I really like and hope you can enjoy to, a thought for the day perhaps.

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

– Aristotle

I’ll also leave you with the news that today I am going to begin the work preparing a canvas for my next painting, you can find the drawing that I’ve done as a reference by Clicking Here.

Until the next post, take care!

JGlover

Morning Coffee II – “Sto lavorando!”

Good morning, it’s been a week since I decided to add this feature to my blog and here is the first proper post that I’ve published for it. Get your favourite blend at the ready and join me for a short stroll through the Morning Coffee!

The content this week is going to be a quote that has stuck with me for a long time, I heard it on an episode of ‘Lost’ of all places and I haven’t had any success verifying the truth of it; true or not though, it’s a nice piece of encouragement and sounds true enough.

Ludovico Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living.

So Michelangelo learned not to use his hands. Years later, a visiting Prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and found the master staring at a single 18-foot block of marble. Then he knew the rumours were true that Michelangelo had come in every day for the past four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper.

So the Prince asked the obvious, “What are you doing?” And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him and whispered, “Sto lavorando”. (“I’m working.”)

Three years later, that block of marble was the Statue of David.

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