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15. Tulipa 'Rory McEwen' V.jpg

Tulipa, 'Rory McEwen'  (detail) Private Collection
Watercolour on Kelmscott Vellum 

"..........I was trained to paint fast…….make decisions about the light……..walk up to the easel…..walk away from the easel and look……..cover the canvas…… get rid of the white……..generalise……refine then refine ……..consider the whole…..now I slowly apply the paint, continuously study the light, look at my painting from a distance and close up…….I am in no rush to get rid of the white……… I always consider the whole but I don’t require paint all of the surface immediately to do that…….I never generalise.  There are similarities and differences but what is of the utmost importance is that I don’t try to shoe horn one method into the other.……… "

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