Here is the latest batch for August. They are mainly of well-known artists, many internationally known, and considered amongst the best watercolour artists past or present. There are many others so this is only a snapshot of the best and reflects my opinion only. Others may disagree and say why is this one or that one not included? There are so many! I think the selection of artists, in the many hundreds of paintings I've featured on the blog, is my answer with many more to come.
One of the top two British watercolour artists in my opinion, although originally an oil painter.
One of the most famous British artists although he produced more oils than watercolours. A friend of the Royal family who was shunned by the art establishment, riven by snobbery and the class system.
Another from Trevor. One of his best in my opinion. This appeared in his book 'Trevor Chamberlain - A Personal View' not an instruction type book but very good.
This American artist featured in the book by the late Ron Ranson about the famous (and controversial) American teacher Edgar Whitney.
Another famous American - my guru or one of them. I actually was present when he did the above demo at Urchfont House a few years ago. He was on top form that week and this painting caught the subject perfectly.
Another top British artist in the same category as Trevor Chamberlain. This is a typical example of his work. There have been several books about him "John Yardley - A Personal View', in the same series as the one by Trevor Chamberlain. Ron Ranson did one and Steve Hall has produced books on both of them.
An Australian artist who I consider one of the natural successors to the doyen of Australian watercolour artists Robert Wade
Robert, a charming man, lost his wife recently and is now quite elderly. This is a painting he did some time back.
A very popular artist with a large following. Not one of my favourites though. In my opinion many of her paintings are too minimalistic.
A fabulous British artist who has written at least two books and produced a DVD(s). A big favourite of some of the lady artists in my Avon Valley group.
A famous artist from the older era. When I mentioned him to Charles Reid he claimed not to have heard of him. Perhaps he was having me on as Charles regularly mentions artists from Brabazons era. It is said he produced some of his best paintings in thirty minutes.
A legendary American in the same category as John Singer Sergeant
The famous J.W.Turner
Turner is venerated by many but Charles Reid isn't a particular fan and neither am I. An I a charlatan? I saw one of his paintings, a small one, at a travelling exhibition some years ago at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. Each painting in the exhibition, of many well-known artists, had a foolscap sheet next to it telling about the painting. In Turners case a man described watching him paint. "Attacking the paper, scratching and bewildering the onlooker and then said 'out of this fury a lovely painting finally emerged.'
Daughter of the famous late John Blockley and a leading British watercolour artist. She has books and videos out so if you are interested.
A very prolific artist and utterly charming man. I love his work especialy his birds and animals. I really like this one though. Great video. Keeps nothing back.
I think she's Scottish and a terrific artist. Features on Youtube.
This is great as well. Look how he uses colour.
I prefer this to the previous one featured but it is still lacking (in my opinion) a bit more substance. Shirley Trevena and Ann Blockley are much better (in my opinion).
A famous and very popular British artist. Not as good as Seago in my opinion but his colouful personality went down very well with his students, and many others it seems. . The Alexander Gallery published a book about him called 'Edward Wesson - Honesty in Art'. Quite what that meant I'm not sure, The artist Steve Hall keeps the Wesson legend alive with his books and art workshops 'Painting in the style of Edward Wesson'.
That's it folks . Hope you like them.