I have been designing and making in precious metals for over 50 years. I trained professionally in the craft, and it has been my life. Now, mostly exploring on my own, I am discovering new pastures full of pastel and watercolour. The immediacy of paint is a real liberation. No hammers or files needed. No casting or hallmarking required. Just colour.
I prefer to work in the open air, experiencing the natural atmosphere of a place. Bird song and the natural world around feel better than the isolation of a studio. True, mosquitoes, cold, wind and rain can make for speedy sketching. But on the whole, I would agree with G L Carlson, in his book Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting ……….
“Working outdoors or from life puts you in direct contact with the life force, not just the light and the landscape, but also the vitality of the world around you.”
So when I get home, perhaps discouraged, I leave my painting, go and make a cuppa, give myself a break before I look at my work again; because although my painting might look hopeless compared with the subject matter, away from that comparison I can have a pleasant surprise.