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INTERVIEW -DEREK DANIELLS

How long have you been pochade painting?

It took over from using sketch books, so probably about 5 years ago.

What 1st got you into pochade painting?

I wanted to respond to what I was seeing in paint (be it oil, acrylic or pastel). The pochade box proves practical and gives versatility & directness to my approach.

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

On a good day it can be anywhere.

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

I would say Spring & Autumn for a comfort point of view (at my age). However, I really like working in Winter  with a ‘flat’ light & challenging close tones.

What time of the day is your favourite?

Generally early morning or late afternoon/early evening.

What pochade boxes do you use?

I have a couple of real ‘cheapies’, but my current favourite is the Mabef.


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

A variety of hog & synthetic brushes (flats & filberts mainly). Palette knife & my regular colours are chosen from the following dependent on the location; Light red, cadmium red, yellow ochre, raw sienna, cadmium yellow, Naples yellow, burnt sienna, ultramarine, cerulean, cobalt violet & titanium white. I sometimes like to spice a palette a little with viridian & alizarin crimson

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

Primed MDF board or canvas.

Who would you say is your favourite painter?

Too many & varied to mention, however, some of my favourites are, Sickert, Turner, Sisley and Vuillard.

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

Convincing colour and tonal relationships.

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

Pochade – board or canvass size 10”x12” and 12”x14”. Box easel – board or canvass size14”x18” and 16”x20”. However, depending on the location I sometimes work larger.

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

At the ROI and RBA (Mall Galleries, London), W H Patterson Fine Art, London, Royal Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells, Oakham Galleries, London, John Noott Gallery, Broadway. Chelsea Art Fair with Island Fine Art and The Arts Club, Dover Street, London.

If you would like to buy Derek Daniell's new Book, 'Personal Impressions - The work of Derek Daniells' Please click on the book cover below. Purchase for only 25 + 2.99 UK P&P

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