I worked as an illustrator in the advertising world. Now retired and starting to paint and draw in earnest again, not that I ever stopped. But now I have the opportunity to spend much more time on my art. I'm expecting it to be a long journey of discovery.
After spending many years painting in oils, I changed to acrylic as it can be used like watercolour or oil paints. Thick impastos are quicker and easier, plus the paint itself (Artelier Interactive Acrylic) is very durable and light-fast, although somewhat expensive. All my canvases are re-primed with two coats of Gesso to ensure adhesion to the substrate, the same goes for paintings on paper unless I’m using acrylic as watercolour in which case the pigment is absorbed into the paper. To ensure paint stability, whenever I use washes or glazes I use a binding medium rather than dilute excessively with water alone.
Why the initial N in my name is important, well John Mason is a very common name and there are loads of John Masons that are artists, so I need something to separate me from the rest.
Any day that I don't paint or draw something feels like a wasted day.