Across Golden Hills
Since I retired from a job in Sales I have returned to my artistic roots of painting and drawing and I am exploring the medium of watercolour. I have loved getting back to the creative process and the time I have spent trying to get to grips with this medium. I paint landscapes, seascapes and florals where I aim to take the particular aspects that inspire me to create an image which conveys the atmosphere of a place rather than a true representation. I try to develop my artwork so that the watercolours and any mixed media that I may use become part of the visual power of the painting. The sometimes unpredictable way that watercolour behaves is part of the attraction of this medium.
The rural British landscape is abundant with rich hues of luscious greens, moody skies of greys, blues and blacks and awe inspiring vistas from high ground to sea shores. My eye is caught by the contrasting shapes of trees and the movement of wildflowers and grasses picked out against an open view. As I travel around, the ever changing palette of the countryside is an endless source of inspiration. The flowers I grow in my garden provide subjects which lead me through the seasons. From whites and pale yellows, soft pinks to rich reds, purples and oranges, there is always colour to inspire me.
With watercolour each time you paint exciting things happen on the paper. I try to work with this rather than attempt too much control. Occasionally I add acrylic inks to my paintings which can create different visual effects to those seen with pure watercolour. I am exploring mark making with different tools rather than just using brushes. My challenge is to work towards a looser style leaving the paint to guide me but also being able to add the finer details of the subject in a controlled way.