Although Rob had taken art at school, he didn’t really take up painting in a more serious way until approx 15 years ago, when he and partner Viv went on a weekend course with Bill Berry, a local artist and tutor.
Armed with a set of watercolour paints loaned from his father, he started painting – and together with Viv – was told that he had enough talent to keep going with it, (or words to that effect).
We both went on an evening course in watercolour painting with a tutor who taught the basics, and I remember was also a bit of a ‘purist’ – and it was a terrible thing to add opaque white to a mixture, etc..
We also started with the Plymouth Watercolour Society and have been members for quite a time now.
As well as dabbling in watercolour painting, I have also tried portrait painting – firstly in watercolour and then in acrylics. With this, I went to classes with a Chinese tutor and quite missed it when those classes stopped. I am getting back to portrait painting and acrylics at the moment, being helped by the weekly sessions at Derriford Art Club.
I am especially interested in techniques, especially how one might control watercolour or acrylic paint more, and get graduation effects, i.e. painting an area with darker colour in one place, with the colour slowly moving to a lighter one in the way that there are subtle changes in somebody’s face, for instance.