Thistles Evening Sunlight – Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member Richard Cave

Thistles Evening Sunlight – Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member Richard Cave

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Artist: Richard Cave

Artist: Richard Cave

Thistles Evening Sunlight - Watercolour Painting by Reading Guild of Artists member Richard Cave

Thistles – Evening Sunlight

This painting captures the evening sunlight late in the year in Sicily, shining through the heads of thistles. The low angle of the strong sunlight created powerful contrasts with a limited palette, which reflected the natural vegetation on an uncultivated hillside.

Image Size: 22cm x 29cm
Art Medium: Watercolour – unframed
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.

A Winter’s Tale – Landscape Painting – Berkshire Artist Kusum Shabong

A Winter’s Tale – Landscape Painting – Berkshire Artist Kusum Shabong

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Artist: Kusum Shabong

Artist: Kusum Shabong

A Winter's Tale Watercolour Painting - Berkshire Artist Kusum Shabong

A Winter’s Tale

This winter scene of a suburban area is done in watercolours. Reminiscent of the holiday season, it is cosy inside, but if you happen to venture out, you just might see an outstanding play of light in the atmosphere.

Image Size: 11.8” x 15.7” unframed
Art Medium: Watercolour
Painting Price: £190

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Kusum Shabong

Watercolour Artist

Phone: 0785 8105577

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Email: kusum.shabong@gmail.com

Website: kusumshabong.weebly.com

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About The Artist

Kusum Shabong is a self-taught Watercolour artist living in Reading, Berkshire. Although she has enjoyed painting from a young age, she has only seriously started pursuing it for the past six years. She enjoys the medium because of its immediacy and wonderful luminosity. She likes to try different styles and techniques and enjoys painting different subjects, primarily relating to nature, flora and fauna and architecture. A subject of deep contrast attracts and inspires her to paint. Currently she finds herself drawn to the human form and its various emotions and is experimenting with it. She is constantly learning and enjoying her art journey tremendously.

She likes to work from photo references, although she enjoys 'plein air' painting too. She takes some time to study the subject and break it down to its different stages and finds herself painting mostly in a loose, impressionistic style using the medium in transparent washes. Watercolour painting has given her immense pleasure and satisfaction and she feel inspired by watercolour painters of today- like Chien Chung Wei and Thomas Schaller.

Art Group / Exhibitions

Kusum is a member of Art Societies in her area (Reading Guild of Artists and Wokingham Art Society) and these are thriving and active societies and have frequent exhibitions and demos and workshops. She has exhibited with them and is also represented by some online galleries. Her recent achievement has been being one of the winners in the Diversity Exhibition hosted by Doncaster Art Fair.