In my opinion there is only one way to paint one of our English Skies. The medium must be Water Colour. When I'm asked how long did it take to paint that sky? the truthful answer is about ten minutes, the smart answer could be thirty years. Just as we write our signature in a flourish I think water colours should done and left.
A closer look at the forground on this painting 'Rag and Bone man, Nelson', shows
single brush strokes, get it wrong and and its not as effective
The stonework however was done wet in wet,
and could take some time
In complete contrast, is this detail from my picture 'Sarlat-la-Caneda', reflecting I hope, the hot
colours of France. This is an oil painting, with thick buttery paint
applied with a painting knife
The last of the mediums I have used is 'Pen and Wash'. Allied to watercolour,
the image is drafted out (in my case) in waterproof Indian ink, drawn
with a reed pen. The pen can be made from a piece of cane, which is
sharpened to a point. The effect is an attractive irregular line,
hopfully seen on this close up of the fishing boat
This water colour 'A Beach in Donegal' is a subject that is particularly
suitable for water colour. The dry brush work on the breaking
waves takes us back to the 'one stroke flourish'. I spoke of
at the start. The white bits are the untouched paper,
A Lancastrian, now retired, I have spent all my working life as a printer. Dorothy and I have been married since 1961, we have one son who now lives in Ireland. All my life I have had a love of painting. For quite some time my greatest interest has been film making, starting over forty five years ago, first with 8mm, and then 16mm, so I have been able to give public shows with the larger format. Now my films are made on video, in all I have made over one hundred films.
After getting our first Golden Retriever fifteen years ago, we graduated to motorhomes so the dog could come with us. We have been lucky enough to tour through Europe many times. Of course there have been times when 'Cindy' was left in the Kennels and we travelled further a field.