Al Jafar, Paceco, Sicily – Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member – Richard Cave

Al Jafar, Paceco, Sicily – Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member – Richard Cave

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Artist: Richard Cave

Artist: Richard Cave

Al Jafar, Paceco, Sicily - Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member - Richard Cave

Al Jafar – Paceco

This view across the fertile coastal plain of western Sicily shows a baglio surrounded by vines which represent an oasis in the late Summer heat. The clear day has a heat haze which gives distance to the Egadi Islands on the horizon. This painting is essentially a scetch done ‘en plein aire’ in one sitting and represents a temporal memory of a changing scene, on a hot Mediterranean afternoon.

Image Size: 36cm x 26cm unframed
Art Medium: Watercolour
Painting Price: £300

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Richard Cave

Watercolour Artist

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Email: richardccave@btinternet.com

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About The Artist

I have been painting watercolours seriously for over 30 years, initially as a facility to illustrate my own work as an Architect which developed into providing that service for others. An interest in the built environment, landscape and setting focussed interest of early paintings on buildings in landscape and townscape, inevitably leading me to a traditional taste in subject matter. Although such subjects from real life are still an inspiration, my work over the last ten years has been orientated toward effects of light and the development of a technique which captures this.

Subject matter is often the depiction of life ‘en plein aire’, instigated by the quality of light and form. To capture the moment, watercolour is the ideal medium and my approach has been traditional, even to the extent of not using white body colour (this is a personal preference, because of the ‘alien’ effect of body colour in a transparent medium rather than a criticism of those who use it). I also try to avoid the use of masque but this is mainly because the essence of ‘plein aire’ is usually a fleeting quality of light which does not allow the time necessary for the use of masking mediums.

Studio paintings are different, but even in in these circumstances I prefer to preserve white surfaces while painting or to lift colour in the process. I also tend to use natural earth colours as much as possible; this is partly because they best suit my normal subject matter but also because, unlike a staining colour, they can be lifted when dry to create ‘whites’. I also tend to use a heavy, rough watercolour paper as my support, which lends itself to techniques for manipulating colour including scratching to produce highlights.

One cannot practise watercolour painting and be unaware of the many great practitioners of the art, both alive and dead. One can admire some, such as John Yardley whilst recognising his approach would be impossible for me, whereas examples from John Blockley, Trevor Chamberlain, Lucy Willis and even Russel Flint and Rowland Hilder have all contributed to my own technique.

Richard Cave, Berkshire Artist

Art Groups / Exhibitions

I have occasionally submitted works to national exhibitions and have had works accepted on several occasions by the Royal Society of Marine Artists. This is valuable as a means of getting work seen by a wider audience, but the high percentage of sale taken by the gallery does not make this financially advantageous. I therefore prefer to exhibit where my work can be presented for what I consider to be a fair price, without the need to overprice to meet the gallery commission. I also provide watercolour tuition to local groups and occasional commissions.

St Laurence’s Churchyard Reading – Framed Mixed Media Art – Berkshire Artist Therese Lawlor

St Laurence’s Churchyard Reading – Framed Mixed Media Art – Berkshire Artist Therese Lawlor

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Artist: Thérèse Lawlor

Artist: Thérèse Lawlor

St Laurence’s Churchyard Reading - Framed Mixed Media Art - Berkshire Artist Therese Lawlor

St. Laurence’s Churchyard, Reading

The church was built in 1121 by the Abbey for the people of Reading. It is steeped in history having been frequented by Queen Elizabeth I, who was even allotted a regular seat. During the English Civil War it was used as a temporary barracks by both sides of the conflict. Jane Austin worshipped here daily when she attended the school at the Abbey Gateway.

Sadly, considerable damage was done when two bombs were dropped nearby during World War II. The bombs also damaged the ornate façade of the building, occupied by Blandy and Blandy, solicitor. The solicitors are ranked as the 25th oldest law firm in the country and the offices were once the site of a leper house dating from the middle ages. (It was restored after the war and its lighted windows cast a warm glow on the graveyard in the painting).

Image Size: 48cm x 48cm
Art Medium: Mixed Media
Painting Price: £175

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Thérèse Lawlor

Mixed Media Art

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Email: Therese@tight-five.com

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About The Artist

Thérèse has lived in Reading for over 30 years and uses the town and her allotment as two of the inspirations for her work.

She develops paintings from sketches she makes on location and some of the scenes captured become greeting cards, with the history of the place on the back. Some of her work has represented Reading with its twin town of Dusseldorf and she has been commissioned to depict many local buildings for promotions or as presents. She is very happy to discuss commissions.

Video

Enjoy this video of Thérèse Lawlor in her studio letting us know about her cards available at Reading Museum and showing us examples of her wonderful concertina books. You can use the controls on the video to enlarge it to full screen size.

 

Greetings Cards

'My cards carry the history of the image on the front in the case of local places, or recipes on the back of my food pictures, or gardening advice on my allotment cards.'

Art Group / Exhibitions

Thérèse is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists, Woodley and Earley Arts Group, Reading Urban Sketchers and Mixed Media Monday Group. She exhibits at Whiteknights Studio Trail, The Henley Arts Trail and at many local arts events in Berkshire.

Paintings Exhibition at Reading Hospital - 25% of sales to the hospital’s voluntary services charity

Paintings Exhibition at Reading Hospital - 25% of sales go to the hospital’s voluntary services charity.

Friar Street, Reading – Landscape Painting of Blandy and Blandy Solicitors – Berkshire Artist Thérèse Lawlor

Friar Street, Reading – Landscape Painting of Blandy and Blandy Solicitors – Berkshire Artist Thérèse Lawlor

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Berkshire Artists

Artist: Thérèse Lawlor

Artist: Thérèse Lawlor

Friar Street, Reading - Painting of Blandy and Blandy Solicitors - Berkshire Artist Thérèse Lawlor

Friar Street, Reading

At the start of Friar Street there is a special corner. Side by side sit the Victorian Town Hall, the modern offices of the solicitors, Blandy and Blandy and the 12th Century church of St Laurence.

The offices of Blandy and Blandy, one of the oldest solicitors in the country, is a building designed after the second world war, following a bomb attack on Reading on 10 February 1943. The bomb killed 41 people and injured 150 others. The devastation could have been a lot worse had it not been for the fact it was half-day closing and many shops were empty. Many of those killed had been in
The People’s Pantry, a restaurant just opposite the Town Hall.

Image Size: A4
Art Medium: Mixed Media
Not For Sale

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Thérèse Lawlor

Mixed Media Art

'Concertina' Sketchbooks

Greetings Cards

Please mention the Berkshire Artists website

Email: Therese@tight-five.com

Facebook Page - Therese's Paintings

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Thérèse has lived in Reading for over 30 years and uses the town and her allotment as two of the inspirations for her work.

She develops paintings from sketches she makes on location and some of the scenes captured become greeting cards, with the history of the place on the back. Some of her work has represented Reading with its twin town of Dusseldorf and she has been commissioned to depict many local buildings for promotions or as presents. She is very happy to discuss commissions.

Video

Enjoy this video of Thérèse Lawlor in her studio letting us know about her cards available at Reading Museum and showing us examples of her wonderful concertina books. You can use the controls on the video to enlarge it to full screen size.

 

Greetings Cards

'My cards carry the history of the image on the front in the case of local places, or recipes on the back of my food pictures, or gardening advice on my allotment cards.'

Art Group / Exhibitions

Thérèse is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists, Woodley and Earley Arts Group, Reading Urban Sketchers and Mixed Media Monday Group. She exhibits at Whiteknights Studio Trail, The Henley Arts Trail and at many local arts events in Berkshire.

Paintings Exhibition at Reading Hospital - 25% of sales to the hospital’s voluntary services charity

Paintings Exhibition at Reading Hospital - 25% of sales go to the hospital’s voluntary services charity.