Early Watercolours circa 1986
bockingford, 45 x 33cm
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my first ‘wet on wet’ watercolour
bockingford, 25 x 18 cm
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i learnt something from Norman Adams, the ex Keeper of the Royal Academy School
This is another watercolour from my beginnings at art school at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1982-1987). Though I received no formal training as a watercolourist, nothing as structured & well-presented as I try to teach on my painting holidays in france , I was very lucky to have learnt from Norman Adams, the ex Keeper of the Royal Academy School. In no sense was the education formal, but I found his presence inspirational (even if it was something to rebel against). He was an elder artist, in the last & in his case spectular flowering of his creativity, whose work I admired ( & still do). Norman believed that art was a matter of vision (& not technique).
He was very much in the English tradition of Neo-Romantic painters, whose lineage can be traced back to William Blake. ‘A Sense of Place’, where The Image comes not uniquely from work ‘en plein-air’ but from an appreciation of the meaning of the place. Vision, if you like. Poetry & not too many details. Norman was into angels & sunflowers & above all, colour. He also took holidays in the south of France, walked with Vincent at St Rémy & like many northerners, marvelled at the heat & light of the south. During the same period, I used to pass summer holidays in my mother’s house in the Lot. Responding to a new landscape & discovering a new medium, watercolour. I still love both watercolour & landscape very much.
And I still feel that painting is as much about vision as it is about ‘technique’
Thanks Norman. Thanks Vincent. Thanks William.
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Quater Imperial, 28 X 38 cm, Arches Rough
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