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Figurative Painting from imagination can be both liberating and terrifying. The common need to achieve ‘a likeness’ goes out of the window and is replaced with a desire to tell a story which, when done well, is imbued with feeling. When Lisa saw Dana Mallon’s painting on the longlist of the Jackson’s Painting Prize she felt it was a breath of fresh air. ‘A Boy’s Dream’ depicts Mallon’s son gliding through the air above red fields towards the sun with his 2 cats. Dana Mallon has captured a sense of exhilaration using warm harmonious colour and charming illustration-like drawing to create a work that celebrates the limitlessness of dreaming. Read more here: https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2017/05/25/interview-dana-mallon-paintings-imagination/

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There are a number of interesting shows on this week, including 'Ravilious & Co.' at Towner Art Gallery.

https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2017/05/22/current-events-21-3/

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These new oiled walnut palettes from Jakar are perfect if you spend a long time painting and need a lightweight palette to mix your colours on. They have a satin finish to them and are available in two different shapes and sizes, rectangular and oval in 24x35cm and 30x40cm - the perfect sizes for taking your painting outdoors. https://www.jacksonsart.com/studio/palettes/wooden-palettes/brand/jakar?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=JakarPalettes190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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New In! Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Paints are made from a range of vibrant, finely ground pigments and a modified linseed oil binder which is water soluble. They therefore have the appearance and the working qualities of normal oil paints, but can be thinned or cleaned up with water - perfect if you have a small, poorly ventilated studio or for artists that would rather not use toxic solvents. Save 15% off RRP until 4th June 2017 https://www.jacksonsart.com/brands/daniel-smith/daniel-smith-water-soluble-oil-paint?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=DSWatersoluble190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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Even after hours of continuous use and scrubbing, the bristles within the Pro Arte Hog range will retain their shape and spring. The firmness of the bristles allow for thick, heavy oil paint to be pushed around a canvas easily, meaning you can confidently create impressive impasto textures without bristles breaking off in your paint. Save up to 30% off RRP until 4th June 2017 https://www.jacksonsart.com/pro-arte-hog-brushes-a-b-e?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=ProArte190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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From lightweight aluminium field easels to sturdy wooden A-Frames, Jackson’s own range of easels are a versatile and essential addition to your studio. We now have three of our table easels - the Tripod Easel, the Book Stand Table Easel, and the H-Frame Display Easel in a rich black stained finish. Save 25% on Jackson's Easels until 4th June 2017 https://www.jacksonsart.com/brands/jackson-s/jackson-s-easels?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=JacksonsEasels190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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With a durable surface and slim profile, the Mapac A4 Graduate Portfolio is ideal for students or for transporting smaller works from art classes or when working outdoors. It has a textured bubble-like pattern on the surface and a polypropolene edge binding with reinforced corners for durability. The portfolio will fit A4 sleeves and lies completely flat when open, allowing you to flick through pages with ease. Now £2! While stocks last, maximum 2 per order https://www.jacksonsart.com/mapac-graduate-portfolio-a4?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=MapacA4190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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There are a range of different mediums and varnishes to increase the versatility of working with watermixable oils, giving your finished artwork a similar look and feel to a traditional oil painting. Watermixable Oils can sometimes dry more matte than traditional oils when using water as a thinner, there are many mediums available to increase the flow of watermixable oils instead of using water, allowing the colour to remain strong and vibrant. Save up to 35% off RRP until 4th June 2017 https://www.jacksonsart.com/studio/mediums/to-use-with/watermixable-oil?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=WMOMediums190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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Ideal for those who work at home or those who are more sensitive to harmful and abrasive solvents, watermixable oil colour allows you to enjoy the rich and luscious nature of oil colour whilst being able to wash brushes and thin colour with water – the best of both worlds! Many artists that may have limited experience with traditional oil paints may find that they can work more comfortably with watermixable oils as they are easy to clean up and do not require the use of toxic solvents. Save up to 35% off RRP until 4th June 2017 https://www.jacksonsart.com/colour/oil/watermixable-oil-paint?utm_source=G+&utm_medium=WMOils190517&utm_campaign=Newsletter_2017_05_19_Watermixable_Oils
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Pastels are often used for landscapes because of the ability to build up many layers and blend colours together, from creating a stormy sky to a field full of flowers. For our next competition we would love to see your landscapes in pastel! Submit your pastel painting for a chance to win a year’s Silver membership of the Pastel Academy run by artist and tutor Heather Harman and a Set of 60 Art Spectrum Soft Pastels in a Wooden Box worth £194! There will also be two People’s Choice Awards voted for by the public where each winner will receive a Half-Stick set of 40 Art Spectrum Soft Pastels worth £60. More details below… https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2017/05/19/pastel-landscapes-competition-pastel-academy/
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