About Me

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I didn’t expect many visitors as my blog is a portfolio with notes I make on my artworks, but if you are interested in my background read on.

Back in the 1960’s I spent 3 years at art school studying fine arts and graphic design. My working life was spent in the book publishing industry, managing art studios and book production. I did not lift a pencil or a paint brush for many years. Recently, being retired I decided to have another go at painting and drawing particularly watercolour as it is a media I know very little about.

In 2016 I joined Oatley 101 Society of Artists inc http://www.oatley101.com/home.html and am a regular at our weekly Life Drawing group

Of all the things I did in 2016 Marion Chapman’s watercolour course was the best. If you happen to live in Sydneys southern suburbs look her up.
https://www.facebook.com/MarionChapmanArt/
http://www.oatley101.com/marionchapman.html

Marion’s lessons are based on big bold brush strokes wet on wet where beautiful washes can happen spontaneously. Marion covered a great number of techniques and introduced me to a number of interesting artists works that I would never have found by myself. Two in particular are:

Stephen Quillar and his colour theory
https://www.quillergallery.com/

Ann Brockley and her Experimental Landscapes, Ann puts watercolour on paper under cling film, baking paper, bits of card and plastic and lets it do its thing.
http://annblockley.com/

That is it, thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed my blog

Ian Coles

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