Watercolour to me is beautiful. I love its fluidity, unpredictability, and the glowing colours. As much as I appreciate, respect, admire and swoon over controlled, subtle, more neutral palettes in artworks, I seem to be find it impossible to maintain it in my own work for too long. I am inevitably drawn back to colour, and vivid tones. Watching colours merge, slide, bloom and run, spreading across the paper, soaking in and transforming continues to fascinate me. It is colour and more colour that emerges time and time again.
Apart from watercolour itself, an inspiration for this exhibition, I love to forage flowers found while walking, pick blooms from my garden, with every season out here in the country giving me a whole new selection of flowers and leaves to choose from. I plonk them in some of the vases I have collected (way too many) and have them all around the house. I take photos of them often, but ironically and weirdly, have never really painted or drawn them. This is going to be a challenge, to observe the shapes, negative spaces, the contrasts, the textures, and see how this plays out in creating art inspired by their beauty. I anticipate wonderful discussions with Fiona, lots of exasperation but also joy… and lots of colour.
See our behind-the-scenes studio visit with Shani here.