For the Painter #25: Nurturing the attitude
For the Painter #25: Nurturing the attitude

For the Painter #25: Nurturing the attitude

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“The painting progresses within the paint I am mixing, nurturing the attitude that I no longer paint the landscape, my paint is the landscape.”

–John Blockley

This week in For the Painter #25...

“The painting progresses within the paint I am mixing, nurturing the attitude that I no longer paint the landscape, my paint is the landscape.”

–John Blockley

1. John Blockley

"In order to paint the terrain as I see it – blotched, mottled, grainy – I must experiment."

Artist John Blockley, 1921-2002 was born near the border of England and Wales. He had a career as an engineer and his only formal training in art came from a rather informal evening art class.

Early in his painting practice, Blockley began pushing the boundaries of watercolor. Perhaps he was ready for a change from his highly technical career, ready to express his creative side.

Watercolor by John Blockley
Watercolor by John Blockley

Blockley had his first solo art exhibit at the age of 44 and became a full-time artist in 1973. He was an innovative painter, instructor, and author, publishing his last book when was 77 years old.

Many contemporary watercolor painters credit Blockley with their early inspiration and insight into the possibilities of water media.

Pencil, pastel, and graphite drawing by John Blockley
Pencil, pastel, and graphite drawing by John Blockley

Blockley wrote several books on watercolor painting that are now out of print. However, check your local library. My library system has two, which I’ve requested and will give you a peek at in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, check out his website, which has been developed by his equally talented daughter, Ann Blockley.* You can see from his portfolio that he experimented with several mediums. I especially admire his sketches.

  • I have Ann's book, Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour and didn't realize until this week that the two are related.

2. How to Paint an Old Barn at Sunset in Watercolour

Continuing with the Blockley theme, check out this 24-minute video by Artist Paul Clark. Paul shares a watercolor painting demo which is loosely based on a pastel painting by John Blockley.

This has been a clean-up week - both indoors and out! I'll share more about that next week and give you some tips on art studio organization.

Take care,

Vinita

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