|"Wild Garlic in Sewerby Woods"|
This is a very traditional painting produced using classic watercolour techniques that have to be learned and practised. I was talking to a good friend of mine Keith Blessed very recently. Keith is a very talented pastel artist who has his own gallery and studio based in Whitby. He has sold paintings all over the world, gives lessons, and does demonstrations for art clubs and societies all over the country. But he has one fault. Like me he is totally committed to representational art - he wants his paintings to look like real places or things. We had a good moan together about the state of the art scene today, especially how people like us who have learned our craft over many years, are derided and scoffed at in favour of contemporary artists who just pick up a brush and 'express' themselves freely. If you don't like it or understand what these great artists are trying to say, its you that's at fault - you must be old fashioned, 'uncool' and still living in the dark ages. Brilliant marketing but very confusing to the buying public, the majority of whom can see through this 'Emperor's New Clothes Syndrome' - but do they want to seem uncool or out of touch? Do you? So here's my simple guide to appreciating art - if you like it - it's good, if you don't like it - it's not so good! That's all there is to it really despite what art critics might pretend. We live on the dinosaur coast here in Yorkshire so have decided we are happy to remain a pair of old fossils and enjoy ourselves and our art!