I had a great conversation with British artist Mitch Griffiths. Mitch paints beautiful figurative paintings that are charged with arresting contemporary themes. His solo shows are highly anticipated and in 2016 he had a landmark show in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. In this episode he shares his many years of experience as a professional artist and includes some great advice for young artists.

We talk about dark chocolate, Taylor Swift, donkeys, pyramids, texting, and art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Concepts,
  • Sketchbooks,
  • Composition,
  • Textures,
  • Oiling out,
  • Model choices,
  • Reference materials,
  • Working with models,
  • Values,
  • Substrates,
  • Palette,
  • Skin tones,
  • Mediums,
  • Brushes,
  • Influences and inspirations,
  • Artistic path,
  • Hermitage exhibition,
  • Career,
  • Training,
  • Teaching,
  • Common mistakes,
  • Overarching themes,
  • Livelihood,
  • Pricing,
  • Galleries,
  • Contracts,
  • Social media,
  • Contemporary art,
  • Craft,
  • Irony,
  • Celebrities,
  • Most moving painting to make,
  • Big art dreams,
  • Artistic challenges,

To find out more about Mitch and his work go to:
https://www.mitchgriffiths.com/
For Mitch’s Instagram feed click here.

Most moving painting to make . . .

Sending Message Be My Wife by Mitch Griffith | Oil on Canvas 185 x 240 cm.

 

Referenced in the podcast . . .

Some of the artists Mitch likes . . .

Mitch’s palette . . .
Michael Harding oil colours:
Titanium White,
Burnt umber,
Burnt sienna,
Raw sienna,
Prussian blue,
Crimson lake,
Cadmium red,
Phthalocyanine turquoise.

Rowney Artists’s oil colour:
Indian yellow,
olive green.
Daler Rowney Georgian:
Naples yellow.

Mitch occasionally uses terre verte, neutral grey, phthalo green lake, vandyke brown.
He doesn’t use black. “My dark tones are a mixture of the ‘mud’ on my palette created by the constant mixing and muddying of the colours above. This helps the painting come together as a whole.”

Other artists mentioned in this episode who have been on the podcast . . .

Ep 76 – Pamela Wilson : Heartfelt Rule-Breaking

Ep 44 – Adam Miller : Facing Fear And Desire

Ep 31- David Kassan – Part 1 : Presence In Absence

Ep 97 – Nick Alm : An Openness to Change

Ep 73 – Alex Gross : A More Beautiful World

Ep 107 – Steve Chmilar : Personally Universal

Ep 61- Daniel Maidman : Honesty And Hope

Ep 105 – Patricia Watwood : The Spirit in Excellence

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