Monday, 16 April 2012

Back on track

I'm recovering from a stay in hospital after a really terrible winter healthwise. So my intention to paint a watercolour every day this year has unfortunately not been fulfilled. 
However, I'm back painting and these are my most recent attempts - well, they will be when I can upload them. I'll use a different browser! - I moved to Google Chrome and here they are. Acrylics 80x80cm on stretched canvas.

I'm not sure if the bird painting is finished. Its hanging on the wall waiting for a decision.

Below are just a few of my watercolours from earlier this year. I'm really looking forward to doing some more soon. But I should emphasize that these small paintings are only studies. I'm still very much a beginner. I'd like to paint as fluidly and beautifully as Fabio Cembranelli, who has some demos on YouTube. Other watercolourists whose work inspires me include Bernhard Vogel (Austrian) and Pol Ledent (Dutch). But there are so many brilliant watercolourists and so many methods of achieving the desired results that it's hard to know where to start. The whole process reminds me of a verse an aunt used to chant: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
I didn't like that aunt at all. I never saw her attempt anything creative and she covered her precious carpets and sofas with newspapers when I visited her. She thought all children were dirty. I really resented that. One should not speak evil of the dead, but in this case.......

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