Lanacquarelle "16 x 12" Not `Flowers and Fruit'
I painted this at my Monday evening session with the Bathampton Art Group www.bathamptonart.co.uk/ This is a self-help group where you mostly do your own thing, around 20 artists attending on average, with a wide range of media and tecniques, from highly detailed pencil drawing to large oil and acrylic paintings. Watercolour is the most common media.
I decided to do a flower/still life painting using two photographs as a guide but also giving my imagination moderate rein, once again trying to impart the Charles Reid approach. This is the result which I'm reasonably - not entirely - pleased with.
Lanaquarelle "16 x 12" Not `Doors and Windows'
This was painted at my Avon Valley Artists Thursday morning session. The subject was `doors and windows'. At this group originally called the Saltford Art Group ( and subsequently Society), where I have been involved for some years, we all paint the same subject, often from a setup or setups.
This was painted from a photograph, taken by another member, apparently at Wells in Somerset. We had a choice of photographs, either bring your own or choose from a selection brought by Jan and Yvonne, the leaders of the group. I was struck by the colours in both the windows and walls and approached it with the `pieces of paint' approach from a little gem of a book called `Hawthorne on Painting', originally by J.C Hawthorne in 1938 but this edition by Dover Publications, New York 1960. It is not an instructional book in the normal sense but a collection of students notes collected by Mrs.C.W Hawthorne. I read about it in one of Charles Reid's books. Try Abebooks.