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Pleasantly subdued landscape Robert.

My name is Rupert ( smiling emoji ) Your choice of the word 'pleasant' PERFECTLY illustrates why I avoid these pretty subjects. If I bore myself with my paintings - I did here - then they don't deserve any respect as works of art.

Good to have a change in style Rupert, from your more detailed, architectural work. I think it works well.

A stunning view Rupert, deeply envious and full of admiration for your painting style

Rupert, no matter what transpires from the act of you putting paint to paper, it has your spark! I wish I had the right words to say how much I admire your work….whatever it is.

It's difficult - you have a severe way with yourself, but I know what you mean; I try to include elements of death, decay, ugliness, reality as I perceive it, in my stuff: but all too often end up with a 'pretty' view. And that's the problem with painting scenes - it's very hard to avoid reproducing something fit for a choccy-box lid. But you ARE too hard on yourself - it's not always the artist who can define whether a work has artistic value or not; and for my money (I speak theoretically here!) this has.

In my eyes this is an admirable painting.

A real feel of distance.

Whatever you think, I think this is an interesting painting. A sense of distance also that soft light green patch of field really lifts it.

There’s a kind of ‘Englishness’ about this painting with the church tower against that sky. I like the top half. If I am honest, the foreground greenery seems rather bland an uninteresting. I don’t often comment on your fine church interiors which I admire but this painting somehow doesn’t quite seem ‘you’ Rupert. Good luck with the exhibition.

Please accept my apologies Rupert for my bad typing, predictive text and lack of consideration in my comment. I was trying to imply that you didn’t fall into the twee trap. Personally I feel uncomfortable about painting landscapes.

Lovely, Robert. Your delicate touch and clever colours and draughtsmanship I would recognise anywhere.

I agree about the bland greens. In my defence, I should reiterate ( see description ) that this view was barely a thumb's length across, held at arm's length. We are talking a very distant view and so aerial perspective has a marked effect on tone and colour. I would NEVER have picked this as a subject but was asked to by someone concerned that the exhibition would be too niche in appeal. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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14/10/2021
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14 x 22 inches watercolour and pencil on Langton rough unstretched paper. I am advised that an exhibition full of interiors might be too much for some, and I am advised ( read as micro managed )to get in some'views'. UGH! I had to walk up a hill to get this but the church was so far a way that this entire vista was so wider than the length of my thumb held at arm's length. Hence the lack of any detail.

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Rupert Cordeux

Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic. 1984 - 1985 Wolverhampton Polytechnic School of Art and Design. 1985 - 1988 Overall winner of Watercolour Challenge in 1999 after which I turned professional. Birmingham Watercolour Society Associate Member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

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