Luis Morris has Society Membership of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
I usually work in oil on shop bought canvas or MDF, sealed and primed with Gesso. My average canvas size is relatively small – 16 x 12 inches.
My approach to a new piece of work is to do preparatory tonal sketches in charcoal. These help me to work out composition and decide what canvas size to use.
I use flat, acrylic brushes because of the range of marks I can make with them. These can be flat patches of colour or sharp lines and dots. As brushes age, the brush stroke becomes less crisp, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If I could, I would always work from life. I do work from photos I have taken, trying to remember what it was like when I was there. Inevitably there will be comparison with this other 2 – dimensional image, which can be frustrating.
Painting offers me the chance to celebrate light and the sensual joy derived from ‘seeing’.
Good paintings are like diary pages. They are free from the self-editing that goes on when the painter worries what others may think.
I like paintings that straddle the boundary between Abstract and Representational.