All good things come to an end, and so it was with the 205th RI Painters in Watercolours exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It was an excellent exhibition, with a wide range of high quality work, including some impressively large pieces. There is a long journey from beginning as a watercolour artist to even modest success, but I've started and although the challenges are frequent and difficult, I approach them with a dog-like enthusiasm, but with better paint brush skills than an actual dog which has paws. Better still, I was pleased to have sold my painting to a collector and possible railway enthusiast, so thank you sir, whomever you are.
If you have a section of watercolour painting you consider too dark, one solution is to lift out some of the paint. This is not always possible with staining pigments, or if you have laid many washes. In the painting below of Langport during the flood of 2014, I had painted the mid ground too dark, the whole section was fragmented and the church sat awkwardly.
To modify this problem I wetted the area and tried to lift out the paint with kitchen paper, but without success. Remembering something I'd seen on YouTube I repeated the process using a piece of Magic Sponge bought online. The result homogenised the layer with a misty unity creating, what I think, is a reasonable painting.
Last Wednesday 5th April I enjoyed the company of a large crowd at the private view of the 205th RI Painters in Watercolours exhibition at the Mall Galleries. A few hours were spent talking with a number of RI members and assorted guests. The standard of work in the exhibition is high and well worth a look if you're bow to visit the gallery before the show ends 22nd April.
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition
Thursday 6 April – Saturday 22 April
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1
This morning I received news that I'd been selected along with nine other artists to attend a four night residency in the Brittany area of France. The event, full board and catering, is courtesy of a philanthropic financier via Artfinder. Over the years, in spite of getting myself out there, and applying for things, I have won very little, so this comes as a welcome boost to my artistic career. I'm looking forward to painting plein air in the late spring warmth (fingers crossed) of the French countryside and to be sharing the experience with other artists. Thank you Artfinder.
Earlier this Month the Mall Galleries, courtesy of Parker Harris (sponsor of ST watercolour comp and others) was offering a free figure masterclass hosted by Henry Gibbons Guy, a tutor at the Royal Drawing School. I hadn't sketched a figure in a formal situation for over two decades and couldn't resist the offer. Paper, charcoal and easels were provided, along with excellent, top class tuition from Henry. I managed to produce three almost passable drawings which suggested I need to do more figure drawing.
Last month I was contacted by a French based gallery asking me to preset a few paintings for their monthly selection committee, with a view to producing some work for sale in their brick & mortar outlets around the world. The set up is a something of a production line, creating a number of works at a fixed size for a fixed price, but might bring in a bit to line the HJ coffers, and with little to loose and something to gain ... why not? These are three of the paintings I sent, there''s one more of Trafalgar Square, 13cm, 18cm and 21cm sq. I enjoyed working in the square format, and shall be doing some more.
This morning I spent an enjoyable couple of hours with a group of fellow artists who sell work on Artfinder, along with the team behind this successful enterprise. Created in 2012 by Jonas Almgren, soft-spoken, engaging and enviably good at business, Arfinder has succeeded where other have failed, most notably as a conduit able to sell my work on a regular basis. No mean feat. Artists are often seen as self-absorbed and elitist, and I'm sure some are, but my experience with most is of a self-affacing and gregarious individual, contented in their own creative challenges. Artists and those in creative enterprises are, on the whole, a friendly lot.
On Tuesday last week I received confirmation that one of my paintings had been accepted for inclusion in the 205th Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. With my return to painting in 2013 after a gap of nearly 20 years, this is a pleasing achievement. In three and a bit years of painting watercolour I've learned from a number of workshops and demonstrations hosted by artists I admire, useful new techniques and efficient use of the my modest skill. Of the many open exhibitions entered, most without success, the few which have chosen my work for show have made the process worthwhile. There is a long way to go from the initial inspiration seeing a small watercolour in the window of a gallery in Wells where I thought "I want to do that, to create that other world in paint, in that most unforgiving medium: watercolour." It now presents my most satisfying challenges with the occasional prize result.
MAJOR NATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
The painting was selected from a record number of entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading watercolour painters. This year 1,000 works were submitted to the exhibition. The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries between 6 and 22 April 2017.
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) hold an open submission exhibition in central London each year. Founded in 1831, the RI was established to exhibit the best of progressive watercolours, showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to the more experimental and innovative paintings.
Last week I attended my second painting workshop with Chris Forsey RI. The first one was watercolour and the most recent, attempting the subject of dramatic coastlines in acrylic and mixed media. This is unknown territory for me, having done little work with acrylic, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Chris, like the other professional RI painters I've met at workshops, is an excellent tutor, instilling energy and confidence in all the attendees. Looking forward to more.
Henry Jones Artist
Working predominantly in watercolour and associated media, from life, and in my studio from sketches. This site displays a small selection of work, some is for sale, others already sold. If you'd like to enquire about a sale or commission, please contact me here for a quick reply.
Gallery 17, Beckenham
A small selection of my work can be seen at Gallery 17, Beckenham. As well as selling original art and prints, they offer a first class framing service.
A2 Gallery, Wells
If you're visiting Wells, couple of my paintings can be seen at the A2 Gallery. www.a2gallery.co.uk