Back to the land again

6 January 2023

The 2023 exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) is fast approaching (April). Being a member of the RI and exhibiting at their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries is always a privilege. There is a huge variety of work on show  – water and pigment can combine in so many different ways and, together with all the diverse artists using it, the variations are endless and inspiring. The RI shows the work of members and non-members alongside one another, and the numbers of non-members’ work often equals that of the members’ work.  There is so much talent out there!

Reeds  watercolour 29.5 x 63cm

This year I am going ‘off piste’ and exhibiting 6 landscapes instead of my usual still life paintings. I think it’s important to have a little break sometimes and show what else I can do (!) but, if I look back at what I have done over the years, landscape played a very important part on my journey towards still life and it still does. It offers a freedom that I hope my still life work benefits from and vice versa…. we shall see. I am still captivated by the long format – I feel that it has something to do with the flat landscape around me – it makes me feel as if I am looking through a wide-angled lens with everything laid out in front of me.

Barley   watercolour, 29.5 x 63cm