"As a result, you become increasingly aware of things that may have escaped your attention previously – things like the quality of light and shade, of tone and texture and of the shape of buildings in relation to the landscape. It all requires the most intense concentration and, consequently, is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic exercises I know. In fact, in my case, I find it transports me into another dimension which, quite literally, refreshes parts of the soul which other activities can’t reach…”
–Prince Charles on why he paints in watercolor
This week in For the Painter #29 ...
1. Royally Frustrating
Did you know Prince Charles is an avid watercolor painter? An exhibit of 79 paintings by the Prince is on display at the Garrison Chapel in Chelsea, London through February 14.
Charles began painting in the 1970's and has this to say about his early attempts with watercolor...
“I very quickly discovered how incredibly difficult it is to paint well in such a spontaneous medium, and the feeling of frustration at not being able to achieve on paper the image that your eye has presented you with is intense!”
The next time you are feeling a bit frustrated with a painting, remember that you are in the company of royalty!
Charles is quite humble about his art, stating clearly that he doesn't believe the work to be great art. He enjoys painting on location and considers his paintings to be a visual diary of his life and travels.
2. A Watercolor Reality TV Show?
There is a new season of Watercolour Challenge in the UK. This is a reality show featuring four amateur painters who compete against the clock to capture some of Britain’s nicest views.
The show is not yet available in the US, but Episode 1 can be seen on YouTube.
Can you imagine painting in a timed event surrounded by a tv crew and a host saying, "5 minutes left....don't muck it up."? Fun to watch!
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