Martin Banks (Street Articles Author)
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I am an artist from Scotland now living in Germany. I have exhibited internationaly and I am currently represented by the Phoenix Gallery in New York. Being a teacher as well, I tend to analyse my practice and this has led me to write about what works and what doesn't work at least in the methodology of painting. I've been painting since before I went to art school 30 years ago and still feel a bit like a beginner when I pick up my brushes.

I like both realistic and Abstract painting but prefer such work to have an emotive element in the workmanship. Passion is a very human emotion. A lot of work which I see as computer influenced creates wonderful, complex images but somehow when I reflect on such work it seems a bit like visual candy; bright, colourful intriguing but ultimately soul-less.

For me you have to reach a point of losing yourself in the painting to achieve anything worthwhile. I love the quote from Philip Guston:

"When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out."

I hope you will continue to read my thoughts, opinions and insights and that you gain some help from my hard won advice. And please feel free to leave a quick comment if you feel moved to do so.

A Tribute to the Artist Steven Campbell
A powerful character used to inhabit the Glasgow School of Art when I was a student there in the early 1980’s. Since he was a couple of years older I didn’t have any direct contact with him so all I can give you here is my own impression. An uncompromising…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Apr 04, 2012  
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Why Buy Original Artwork?
This is a question I occasionally ask myself. What is the point of buying a painting? I mean, it doesn’t make my life easier does it? I do lots of practical, things with an iPhone or a new computer. Now they help me, and they look cool! Why on earth…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Apr 04, 2012  
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How to Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 1
There are two fundamental aspects to the drawing and painting which, if your interest is any way connected to “realism” must be implemented. The first is Perspective and the second is the depiction of Form. Both of these aspects work together to create what people see as a 3 Dimensional…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 25, 2012  
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How to Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 2
Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 2 In my last article, I identified “Perspective” as crucially important to making your drawing or painting convincing. Let’s now look at the other major fundamental to drawing and painting, that of “Form.” By form, I mean the making of the depicted subject…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 25, 2012  
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Drawing Into Your Painting
Someone once said that the concentration required in painting is equal to that of a brain surgeon. It sounds a bit dramatic, I know, and certainly the painting doesn’t involve life or death decisions but the aspect of concentration is a valid point. In concentrating so hard, however, painters can…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 24, 2012  
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Choosing A Frame for Your Painting
My painting tutor at art school used to say, “A bad painting needs a good frame and a good painting deserves one.” Framing a painting or drawing is no easy task and I can find it more difficult than actually painting. I have learned though that it’s usually best to…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 24, 2012  
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3 Ways to Check If Your Painting is Working
Never trust your eyes! This is true for the artist perhaps more so than anyone else. Why? It’s a funny thing but eyes tend to be constantly playing tricks with us. An obvious example is optical illusion images. Why is it that I immediately see a shape of a vase…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 24, 2012  
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Ways to Save A Painting
Let’s face it; not every painting turns out the way we want it to. This is something every artist should learn to accept and not give himself or herself a hard time about. After all, the motivation to paint is often more about the journey than the arrival. The challenge…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Mar 24, 2012  
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Keeping Spontaneity In Your Painting Without Losing the Control
I have been painting professionally now for over 25 years in a variety of styles, figurative, abstract and what I refer to as modern Impressionism. I remember that after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art I mistakenly thought I had arrived and was a fully fledged artist. Wrong! Even…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment   Mar 24, 2012  
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Paint Like A Professional Using Colour Harmony
Creating a painting is really quite a mammoth task. You have to have an idea, a subject to paint, and of course the ability to unite these to aspects and translate it into the language of paint. Manipulating what is basically coloured mud onto a surface is in itself a…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment   Mar 02, 2012  
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A Tribute to the Artist Steven Campbell
A powerful character used to inhabit the Glasgow School of Art when I was a student there in the early…
Choosing A Frame for Your Painting
My painting tutor at art school used to say, “A bad painting needs a good frame and a good painting…
Keeping Spontaneity In Your Painting Without Losing the Control
I have been painting professionally now for over 25 years in a variety of styles, figurative, abstract…
Paint Like A Professional Using Colour Harmony
Creating a painting is really quite a mammoth task. You have to have an idea, a subject to paint, and…
How to Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 2
Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 2 In my last article, I identified “Perspective”…
How to Make Your Painting Realistic: Fundamental Rule Number 1
There are two fundamental aspects to the drawing and painting which, if your interest is any way connected…
Drawing Into Your Painting
Someone once said that the concentration required in painting is equal to that of a brain surgeon. It…
3 Ways to Check If Your Painting is Working
Never trust your eyes! This is true for the artist perhaps more so than anyone else. Why? It’s a funny…
Why Buy Original Artwork?
This is a question I occasionally ask myself. What is the point of buying a painting? I mean, it doesn’t…
Ways to Save A Painting
Let’s face it; not every painting turns out the way we want it to. This is something every artist…