Re­al­is­tic paint­ing technique pays off for artist

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AN artist is sell­ing pho­to­re­al­is­tic oil paint­ings of Scot­tish land­scapes for up to £3,000 just a year af­ter adopt­ing the technique.

An­drew Tough, 28, from Glas­gow, takes up to 150 hours over six weeks to pro­duce each pic­ture, which looks on first glance like a vivid pho­to­graph.

But all the pictures are oil on can­vas or board and based on a se­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs taken at the scene.

One of his most star­tlingly photo-re­al­is­tic images is of a cou­ple stand­ing in front of an iconic moun­tain called The Cob­bler in Ar­rochar, Ar­gyll.

An­other in­tri­cate paint­ing shows a tree hang­ing over the pic­turesque shores of Loch Lomond.

An oil on board image shows a stag­ger­ingly re­al­is­tic image of the sea look­ing over to the is­land of Rum.

An­drew stud­ied art at Glas­gow Metropoli­tan Col­lege, but was mostly in­ter­ested in the op­po­site of photo-re­al­ism.

Mr Tough said: “I was in col­lege do­ing a lot of ab­stract art, and I wanted to de­vi­ate away from it.

“Although I’ve been paint­ing since I was 18, I didn’t start do­ing this un­til just last year.

“I en­joy the process and it’s re­ally time-con­sum­ing. It can take up to a month to cre­ate a paint­ing, but the most re­cent one took six-weeks, so it de­pends on the com­plex­ity.”

When asked why he prefers to paint pho­to­re­al­is­tic images, An­drew said: “I find that when I make a paint­ing I can ac­cen­tu­ate cer­tain de­tails which I find at­trac­tive.”

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