PFI Woodgrain Contest Winner: Jeremy Taylor

Congratulations Jeremy Taylor!

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“In this woodgrain panel, I wanted to show the darker heartgrain with the lighter sapwood. The heartgrain was painted in with a sable writing brush. First, I made the basic heartgrain shape with a two inch mottler. The colours where mainly Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Black with some Burnt Sienna added to give a warm contrast. The sapwood was created using Raw Sienna and a touch of Raw Umber.
I then over-grained the heartgrain –  putting in mottles with Paynes Grey and then adding some mottles to the sapwood in Raw Sienna and a touch of Burnt Umber. Finally, I made the burl effect border with some cross banding.”Time taken to grain the whole panel: 5 hours

Basecoat : DuluxBamboo –  BS08c35Proceed low viscosity medium to do the graining.

Powder Colours: Raw sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Black, & Paynes Grey System 3 Acrylics

Brushes used: 1 inch paint brush to apply glaze, 2 inch mottler, sable writer no. 3, sponge, badger softener

Review from Pierre Finkelstein:

“The composition is very nice.  The use of color from the straight grain to the heart grain, although extreme, is a success.  The moire’s work well.  The stripes on the exterior of the panel looks elegant. My biggest critique is the flame in the heartgrain center is a little contrived and isolated.  A flame should be fading into the moire’s (outward, not up).  As a show piece it works very well, congratulations for a successful entry.”

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About Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy started a Painting and Decorating apprenticeship in 1983 under the tutelage of Robert Black who was a fine local decorator and a part time enthusiastic artist.  After 4 years he then moved on to a local decorating firm until 1991.  In 1991 he moved to the South West of England and worked for a decorating firm.  Whilst living in Devon, he first learned of the late Bill Hollgate from Clithero who ran graining and marbling courses.  Jeremy attended his first course in 1991, going on to attend four more classes, the last one being in 1999.  Bill was totally inspiring, a true master of the craft of graining and marbling and he was a proud member of the salon.  Jeremy was hooked.

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3 years after moving to England Jeremy returned to Scotland to start up his own business.  In 2002 he went back to college to pursue another passion of his which is Traditional Signwriting.  He attended Edinburgh’s Telford College one day a week for 2 years and gained qualifications in Signwork at HNC level.  Jeremy‘s diversity and extreme attention to detail have allowed him over the years to build up a wonderful client base.  He also carries out work on a contract basis for Historic Scotland since 2002 which has meant working at many of their castles and monuments in the Grampian Region.

In the Summer of 2012 Jeremy traveled to Sweden Palm Fine Arts to attend a one week Wood Graining and Trompe L’oeil course ran by Mats Carlson.  Jeremy was hugely impressed by Mats talent at decorative painting thinking him to be one of the very finest in his field.  It was an amazing week and it allowed him to learn new skills to develop and grow as a decorative painter.

A sustained interest and passion for Jeremy has been Faux Forum which has been literally a drug for him from his first day of discovering it.  The work displayed in all fields of decorative art is amazing and the wonderful thing there is openness around sharing and appreciating one another’s fields of interest.  Jeremy loves to look at the art work on there but his main passion is the graining and marbling thread.  It has gone from strength to strength with many people sharing and displaying some wonderful work.

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  1. Shaun,
    I love England just for that. where body parts are great adjectives, tits, bollocks., dog balls… a perfect lingo for us painters!

  2. JOB GREAT Jeremy Nice walnut heart grain Makes me want to go and paint .

  3. Jeremy as they say in GB TITS! Good job . The Big P is spot on.

  4. jeff Vaughn says:

    Fantastic work looks very real to me . Much talant and practice thanks for sharing with me

  5. Great job Jeremy. Masterfully done!

  6. Once again, well done Jeremy , I really enjoyed reading about your tradesman journey .
    Keep on graining!!

  7. Congratulations Jeremy!! This is a very nice panel and deserves this attention. Thank you Pierre for holding this contest.

  8. Thankyou very much indeed . i am extremely proud to be the winner of this contest !

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