I`m doing a course at the moment, and this is part of it, a copy of a painting by Paul Cezanne. I did lose my way with the colouring, and I lost my patience in the end. But it did tell me that Paul Cezanne was a better painter than I had realised. There is seven lessons in this course and this is the second exercise. The next one will be a Landscape, more my cup of tea.
I haven`t posted this Watering can for any artistic reasons, I`ve posted it because there is a short story to it. My Wife and I went to a place called Rye, where there are lots of second hand and Antique Shops. There was this lovely Watering can in one of them, and we fell for it. Can`t remember the price we payed for it but we bought it. And at the time Rosemary said that it would look nice with some Poppies painted on it, so I agreed. Now that was 25yrs ago. But on Thursday of last week, I finally painted them. Of course I had`to sand it down and paint it mat black. We found a home for it straight away. So I say it is never too late to do something that you want to do. End of story.
I have managed to do a painting at last. What have I been doing? I don`t know. This of course is Tower Bridge that is on the Thames, in the Rotherhithe area. Get off the Train at London Bridge, Cross the Road, and it`s behind the buildings. You can`t miss it.
I started painting around 1990 and loved it straight away.
I started with watercolour,and then after about 15 years I moved to Oils and acrylics. I still paint the odd watercolour to keep my hand in so to speak. I love impressionism. The only time I use detail is when I paint portraits. Otherwise it is my interpretation of the subject.
I am retired but still find it hard to find time to paint. I reckon I can manage to do a painting about three times a week.
Originally I was a Motor Mechanic. Then, for the eighteen years leading up to my retirement, I worked
for Barclays bank.