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Cottage Ruins, Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Cottage Ruins, Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight


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  • Not overworked, lots of movement with a rugged look. Quite appropriate for the old ruin and coastal aspect I think.

    Posted by Carole Swingler on Mon 21 Sep 08:31:09
  • I really look forward to seeing your paintings on Isle of Wight, is it a very large place? your web site has some really lovely paintings on it as well, I don't much about water colours but this is nice, are water colours hard to learn with out tutoring?

    Posted by Karleen Pearce on Mon 21 Sep 13:18:15
  • Most kind... Possibly too kind, but I do not complain at all... Karleen, the Isle of Wight is not a very large place; they tell me it's 380 square km in area - but I don't really do figures at all. Watercolours are hard to do because unpredictable - I have received no formal tutoring, other than via books and magazines like The Artist. As with all things, I think just having a bash at them is the best way to learn; there are many ways to learn how to paint in watercolour, and the trouble with tutoring is that you tend to be taught the style in which the tutor is most comfortable. There is a website by Peter Saw, which you might find interesting; just Google him. He'll tell you more about watercolour than most can. There's also a site at which is useful and straightforward. Have a go.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Mon 21 Sep 14:02:18
  • nice painting robert, Ventnor has a great pub down on the front were the waves come over the wall hitting the windows in a storm but i can't remember the name.

    Posted by mark gibbens on Mon 21 Sep 22:54:43
  • The Spyglass, I think; nice pub but high prices last time I was there!

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Mon 21 Sep 23:26:31
  • Thank you:), will definately have a look at those sites.

    Posted by Karleen Pearce on Tue 22 Sep 05:18:46
  • Hi there Robert! Another nice painting! Now..I have a you mainly paint from photos, or do you actually go out on location? Reason for this question: You have a nice style with the use of watercolour, and if you are painting from images, then you will be amazed how you will improve when applying your technique whilst actually on location! Most student artists ( not for a minute saying this applies to you!) get somewhat overwhelmed when faced with that large expance of vista when first painting outdoors. It is an art in itself to be able to focus on just that part of the vista you want to paint. The use of a blank frame is paramount when painting plein air...I actually fix it to my easel, and use it like a gun sight! But my point is, by painting plein air, you get the natural colours and hues that can never be replicated in a photo. Anyway, nice painting!!

    Posted by Raymond Ellis on Tue 22 Sep 23:00:01
  • How do, Raymond.. Yes - well.. let me confess... My normal practice is to go out with a camera and sketch-pad, take the references I need, and paint at home. My reasons for this are that I don't drive, and also have bad spinal arthritis - this is extremely limiting; what I need is a friend who likes driving and sitting about, and has the time to do so... then, I could paint in the open air, and a lot of things would be, if not easier, then at least more immediate. Lugging equipment about on foot isn't really on, at the moment. My ideal would be a student who wanted to come along with me and watch, while I took full advantage of his/her capacity to drive and handle the luggage! It is a real problem, and I'm constantly looking for ways of dealing with it, because I do know exactly what you're saying; it is the devil's own job to focus on a scene, exclude the unnecessary, and convey the essential, if what you're working from is a pencil sketch, and a photograph which doesn't always seem to relate to it particularly closely, when you've got it home.... Possible solutions might be a pad with coloured pencils, or even a few watercolours ... what I'd like to do is take the easel out and a pochade, but by the time I got to where I wanted to go, I'd be too knackered to do much work. This is all the consequence of a major road accident years ago... any ideas or suggestions most welcome.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Tue 22 Sep 23:32:48
  • hi Robert found you at last ,a great gallery there , ,, I try to be more loose and relaxed in my painting now a days , I am now in my old age ,and time is short ..,your paintings are great and a lot lof feeling in them ,((you are not my long lost twin brother are you? you paint so much like I used to see you more in the days ahead take care

    Posted by Alan Owen on Fri 25 Sep 17:13:14
  • Don't think I'm your long lost twin, but my father did have a bike..... I haven't been painting in watercolour for very long; started with oil, then went on to acrylic - I've only really painted anything seriously in w/colour this year. A lot to learn ... I've always admired loose watercolour, and have approached greater looseness than I've displayed here; but I am a pre-eminent fiddler... clients sometimes to blame! "I do like detail" being a common remark. They shouldn't encourage me..

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Fri 25 Sep 19:12:19