The Baker's Round (after Charles Reid)
On the recent course I went on with Charles Reid, he did a demo of this scene. It is of Mr George Titcomb of Sheep Street in Burford, who was the local baker and delivered his bread using his donkey cart. I had brought home a copy of the black and white photo (circa 1910) Charles had used and wanted to give it a go. I did it very much as he had done, mainly to learn how he put the painting together. I don't usually copy work, but I found that I learned a lot in the process as, although my style of painting has a nod in CR's direction, there are differences and to do this totally in his style was tricky for me. Of course, it isn't a patch on the maestro's I know, but there are some bits I am pleased with and some bits a lot less so. Anyway, I thought I would post it and those who asked for a copy of Charle's version can make a comparison (help!). I also moved away from my usual Langton paper and used Fabriano Artistico Rough, which I have never liked in the past, but got on pretty well with this time. Charles used Shut Noblesse Rough for his version. This is a very toothed paper, very tricky to work with, but you do get that wonderful texture that I couldn't quite get on the Fabriano.
About the Artist
I am a watercolourist first and foremost as I love the qualities of the medium, its riskiness and unpredictability. I started painting about 8 years ago and it has now become an integral part of my life. Hopefully, I will continue to paint into my dotage as I am given to understand that you can…View full profile