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My Painting Hobby


Oil painting is something that never really appealed to me until recently. I was at Bolton Art Gallery and saw some paintings of Bolton born Thomas Moran. They quite simply blew me away!! Stunning!

After that, I bought some materials and had a play around for a few weeks and was totally dismayed with the whole experience. Unlike watercolours, nothing flowed. Everything seemed laboured and dull. Putting down layers and layers of paint over a period of time was certainly not for me.

I wanted much more dynamism and then I discovered the joy of Plein Air painting. This was much more exciting to me - painting a quick colour sketch in a short space of time. Less detail and more impressionistic.

I’m still totally useless at it, but it’s very, very enjoyable!

All Very Amateurish!

I started off learning to paint watercolours and some people reckon it’s more difficult that learning oils because once you make a mistake, it’s very difficult to correct it - so invariably, you get disheartened and give in.

Well I certainly felt that way a good few times, but watercolour has always been special to me, since I went to see an exhibition in 1972 at Bolton Art Gallery. It was the work of Thomas and Paul Sandby. It was spell-binding to me and I never forgot it. I was only about 14 at the time.

Anyway, I didn’t take to the hobby until 2004 and although I’m a very poor painter, I still enjoy it enormously. Here’s a few samples.

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So, there you have it. A few samples of what I do. As I said, it’s all very amateurish, but all very enjoyable too. If you’ve always fancied painting but never got around to it, give it a go!! You won’t regret it.

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