Sustained Saturday – Watercolour and More!

Spring term is underway at my studio. We enjoyed a Sustained Saturday of watercolour painting and some pen and ink drawing, as well.

I went back to basics and talked about simplicity and value. As you can see, the still-life, however unorthodox, was well-suited to our goals.

Our guest artists were Alexander and John Robert Cozens, the father and son who were very influential early English watercolour painters. We discussed the values-first approach they often employed in their watercolours. The book we looked at is called “Alexander and John Robert Cozens: The Poetry of Landscape” by Kim Sloan. The book was written to accompany a 1986 exhibition of the work of Alexander Cozens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibition traveled to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto the following year where it was augmented with the paintings of John Robert Cozens. I was a Preparator in Technical Services at the AGO at the time and worked on the installation of the exhibit. It was a marvelous opportunity to study their important work although my supervisors may have wondered why I took so long to hang pictures.

It was a pleasant day and our prosaic still-life was more inspirational than it may have seemed at first glance.

Sustained Saturday Critique


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