Sunday, 8 February 2009

Discovering new heroes

The local family run book shop closed when the final member of the owners decided to retire. The final clearance sale was a treasure trove as there were numbers of interesting books being sold off at ridiculously low prices. Amongst them I discovered an artist that had never crossed my conscientiousness before, in fact I had never seen anything like it before. The book was the Watercolour Secrets of Charles Reid. The illustrations fascinated me, produced in a style that defied any description for me. I couldn't relate to all of them immediately but those that hit me did so like a steam train. I had to find out more. The book became a daily companion as I tried to come to terms with a new language, hard, soft, values, complementary colours, lost, found, contour drawing, warm, cool etc. Another job, trying out some of the techniques used by Charles - below is an early attempt at copying one of his images.


cora said...

wow real nice. I cant seem to get the hang of watercolor at all!!! I know what you mean about painting style. I have been painting for a while but keep thinking theres something more for me to do.

Mick Carney said...

Thanks, Cora. I can't recommend highly enough a DVD called 'Watercolour Secrets of Charles Reid' if you want to get the hang of watercolour. His approach to technique is illuminating but geared to giving you confidence in using the materials.