Bird friendly water colours from travels around the UK, Europe
It is hard sometimes, perhaps surprisingly, when you are an artist
to find the time to take part in drawing and painting and I find
travelling is good for this. I know a lot of painters that call
themselves painters but they do not paint. They are artists, but
to be a true painter is different, you must work.
A lot of art today is more conceptual, this is important sometimes
to express complex ideas, but I think this has meant some artists
are more concerned with seeing with their intellect and this is
not always right for the painter. The painter must learn
to see, this is their job, I am still learning to see,
it becomes a way of life, almost like a religion, a vision of
the world that you take with you always, you are trying to understand
what is in your heart, not your intellect, sometimes you are unlearning
the world that has been taught to you.
When I work out side, painting from life, and
I look at nature, it feels as though I am with my teacher, I start
to see the beauty in things that wasn’t there before, and
this makes life a better place.
Sometimes I sketch from different times or view points and put
them in the same work, sometimes I ignore the perspective created
by my view point. How we perceive images in specific moments in
time and the perspective we see them from are not pictures of
reality, it is a perspective. I try to draw what is important,
this means involving the artists’ heart and this I think
is a more accurate picture of a time and place. When we look at
photographs we associate different experiences to that image,
we all have different memories and we see with our memories,
we all see things differently.