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Colin Carruthers is an intuitive painter, sometimes using sketches or photographs as a starting point to his work. He often uses the triptych form to enable him to explore the idea of separate forms being united as one. The significance of light and shade in creating an atmosphere, play an important part in Colinís work and he is particularly interested in the interplay of light between water and sky. As viewers of art, we tend to naturally focus on an artist's finished work - but some painting techniques draw our attention to the artist's process. Impasto is one of these techniques. Colin paints mainly with with oils and acrylics and often works with a palette knife, creating textured surfaces by applying paint to the canvas as thickly as possible. The oil paint dries slowly, allowing him to build layers in which the marks of the palette knife are often still visible - creating interesting and dramatic effects.
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