I look at many other artists work with admiration at the apparent ease in which they capture light and form. The simplicity in the way they can express a feeling or capture a moment with minimal, almost lazy, brush strokes. I constantly pick up snippets of information and log them for future reference hoping that I too can learn to master their techniques.
I have learnt that often less is more. Keep it simple, you don't have to put every detail in. Use a minimal palette, don't over work it and don't fiddle! Easier said than done, it comes with practise and years of experience.
One such artist that has all these qualities and that I have personally learnt a lot from is Tony Williams, who lives and works not far from here in rural Devon and whose work we proudly show here at West Gallery. He is a member Academician at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. He has many paintings held widely in private collections across the UK, Europe and the USA, and is exhibited across the south west and throughout the country.
Tony has two paintings selected by The Royal Society of Marine Artists for the 2015 Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London running from 14th to 25th October and five pre-selections for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open Exhibition 2015. Tony is the Winner of the Charles Pears Award 2015 at the RSMA and there is currently an exhibition of fifteen original works in the Learning Centre at RHS Rosemoor until the 27th September.
Tony has had many demonstration feature articles published in the Artist and the International Artist magazines and will show a technique for "painting clear water" in The Artist magazine in the October 2015 issue.
Clearly, Tony is receiving the recognition that he deserves, and rightly so, but even an accomplished artist like Tony will admit to still being in the learning process and, like many artists, always thinks he can do better. There is hope for all of us!