Dec 2020: Practical Materials used in Art

large abstract art print

Fabriano is one of those great practical materials used in art that has become a mainstay in my painting practice.

Recently I was posting some paintings made on Fabriano which prompted a question via my Instagram ‘What is Fabriano?’

Fabriano is a type of paper that I started working with about three years ago. It’s a smooth, acid-free, cotton-based watercolour paper that I began using because I wanted to experiment with making paint marks on a new surface as I was taking my work in a different direction.

bright blue expressive abstract painting by Aisling Drennan, practical materials used in art
Obscured Flow, 2020, oil paint and oil bar on primed fabriano, 36x45cm £700

Once it’s primed, I found it really versatile for working on with oil paint. Right now it suits my painting practice because I can easily make light, fluid and gestural paint marks which I was finding hard to achieve on my previous surface of fine cotton based canvas. Change is always good, I’ll still work on canvas but I’m really enjoying the process of learning how to paint on really good paper- Fabriano!

bright yellow abstract painting by artist Aisling Drennan, practical materials used art
Slice, 2020, oil paint, oil bar and charcoal on primed fabriano, 37x53cm £900

Feature Image: Skellig A-haon, 2019, oil paint, oil bar and charcoal on primed fabriano (framed), 51x61cm £800

Aisling Drennan is an award-winning abstract artist with a London, UK-based art studio.

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