My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Yell at me with colour…

That’s the advice Charles Hawthorne* gave to his students when they worked in water colour. 

It seems that I was intent on heeding the master’s advice when I made this sketch of seagrapes on a beach in the Virgin Islands.  Washes that seem almost too bold when first thrown onto the page appear insipid when dry.  It is necessary to apply more colour than you dare…then, add some more.  

*Charles Hawthorn Hawthorne On Painting

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