Watlington Art Weeks artists Christmas Fair Exhibition will be taking place on Sat. Nov. 16th 10-4, at Watlington Club Function Room, 20 High Street, Watlington OX49 5PY
I use my camera as a sketch book, going back through my photos when I feel like painting and choosing as the whim takes me - shall I paint a room of a National Trust Property or a little characterful cottage or shall I capture some lovely aging architecture with it’s mellow, subtle colours and fading straightness? I love history of all sorts, local history, genealogy, architecture and natural history. Although I find plenty of inspiration in the buildings and towns and villages here in Oxfordshire sometimes I’ll be tempted to paint from my holiday snaps more distant places. Although I have tried many mediums my main outlet is now watercolours but probably not in what is the traditional idea of watercolours - not those pale washes that look faded before they’ve even been framed. Subtle colours and generally muted shades but not pale and wishy washy. I try to reproduce a realistic representation but my paintings are not at all photographic.