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McRostie born in Northumberland England was given a camera by his father at the age of seven, and has been involved in photography and the arts ever since. Now at the tender age of 57 most of his time is spent between his two great passions creative image making and painting. He confesses that he does not know o… Read More
McRostie born in Northumberland England was given a camera by his father at the age of seven, and has been involved in photography and the arts ever since. Now at the tender age of 57 most of his time is spent between his two great passions creative image making and painting. He confesses that he does not know or care were on starts and the other finishes the whole process is one. I paint things that I can’t photograph & photograph subjects that I can’t paint. But for me photography is just one tool among many in the box,the most important skill is the ability to see and compose.
With his initial training in analog stills and film photography the disciplines of that period hold true today as we all rush through the digital revolution. McRostie’s work is a mixture of bold composition and colour, mixing strong lines with soft form are the trademarks of his studio in Barcelona. I use art as a means of knowledge. I'm inspired mainly by strong composition,by people & places. It is important to me that my paintings are made using high quality materials and to the highest standards by this I mean the combination of high levels of performance, creative reflection, planning and impromptu execution. Along with my ongoing painting practice, I continue to study painting as you never stop learning or seeing.
I use oil-based and acrylic paint that is often quite fluid my painting is like a watercolour technique using oils and acryic. Sometimes I work with thicker paint, that emphasises the expression of a stroke. For me, the picture should ‘live' the composition should shout and sooth at the same time,it must drag the viewer back time and time again.
The piece is completed when it conveys something I intended and want, this could occur even in the early stages of working. To make a good picture, for me, is to know when to stop.
I consider my style earthy abstract when I paint with acrylic paints, I like working with a pallet and scraper knife most of all. I am still learning and growing with my work.
I enjoy blending Colours and playing with new ideas. Read Less
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