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INTERVIEW - ANTONY BRIDGE

How long have you been pochade painting?

I tried firstly back in 2002 in the gower with Carl with bad results producing paintings that I wasn't happy with at all, this knocked my confidence but kept going back to the pochade box every month or so until painting daily from Aug 2008 for the Pochade Gallery website.

What 1st got you into pochade painting?

Going to the Gower while at uni with Carl and seeing his great little master pieces. At the time I was producing very photo realistic paintings which started to to give me a souless feeling which Plein air could never do.

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What has been your best pochade place to paint or still life?

I have a few around the Malvern HIlls where I live but Castle Morton Common is one of the top places I often go to, it has a light which never stays the same!

What time of the year do you prefer to paint in terms of temperature and light?

I paint all year around in all weathers and each has its good points. I love painting in cold weather as it makes me think fast and react with the elements.

What time of the day is your favourite?

I love the evening light but tend to paint from midday onwards and most of the time am too tired when it comes to the sunset!.

What pochade boxes do you use?

I have many, pretty much every one from all makers but do prefer the one that pochade.co.uk are selling in 10x12 size.

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What do you keep in your pochade box colours, brushes etc?

I try to keep things simple, 2 brushes, 5-7 tubes of paint, mixing white and a little dipper with turps in, also the odd big of kitchen roll to wipe things clean after!

What do you prefer to paint on, canvas board, primed millboard?

I used to just paint on millboard but recently canvas on a roll taped onto mdf panels, means you can get 2 paintings per slot so have am now able to do 5 paintings just in one box and thats all I need to carry.

Who would you say is your favourite painter?

John Singer Sargent and Seago are painters I love classically. Then I love Neil Pinketts work, Isabelle de Danay, Bernard Dunstans and a few of the American plein air painters.

What do you look at in a good painting more than anything?

Good brush work along with colour that shows passion in the process of the painting, it maybe a not so good painting but I love to see that someone has enjoyed and felt energy in doing the painting.

What is your favourite size to work on (box size)?

10x12inch pochade box is the one I'm using at the moment, I have a 16x20 which I'm warming to.

Have you exhibited any pochades? If so where, gallery/sites/shows?

I've shown and sold all over the world from the John Noott Gallery in Broadway, RWA Bristol, Great Atlantic Gallery but the main outlet and my own site www.antonybridge.co.uk

If you can sum up the pochade box and what it brings to you in one sentence what would that be?

It takes things back to basics and purity, painting with passion.

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