May 15th 2018

John Glover: Summer Hay Bales – oil and knife

John attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1963-67 where he gained a Diploma in Art and then studiedfor an Art Teacher’s
Certificate at Jordanhill College of Further Education from 1967-68.
From 1968-1980 he was a freelance book illustrator in
London for publishers including Evans Bros, Hamlyns, Oxford University Press, and Macmillans. Following this he concentrated
on portraits and landscapes and in 1992 he gained an Open University BA Degree.

He has exhibited widely including with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Society of Marine Artists,
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Pastel Society and at The National Portrait Gallery as part of the BP Portrait Award.

John has won many prestigious awards including The Rowland Hilder Award at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
in 2012. He has also been commissioned to paint numerous portraits of eminent people including Paisley of Westerlea,
Chieftan of the Paisley Clan.

Traditionally John has worked in a detailed and classic style normally planning thoroughly and starting with a brush.
But in recent times he has loosened up and received encouragement and appreciation for this new style. For our demonstration
John worked from a photo in a fast and loose way which resembles ‘play’ for him. He used a canvas which had been painted purple-
he left some of this background colour to enliven his work. He used a knife and a credit card to encourage quick and accidental
effects which he now feels can be more interesting, finishing with a brush for details. John likes to use Griffin Alkyd fast drying oil
 colours along with other products to give body and ‘toffee’ texture as he prefers a rich impasto effect. He was fairly relaxed
about his colours and mixing , not very prescriptive at all. His finished canvas was dotted with many colours and strokes to
build up layer upon layer. The hay field was very textured and bright underneath a bold blue sky.
John enjoys working outside
particularly on skies which he creates rapidly and showed lots of examples of his vibrant works such as water at St James Park, London.