Robert’s impressionistic watercolours rely on speed and economy of brush
strokes. John Singer Sargent’s description of watercolour as ‘making the
best of an emergency’ is never truer than when wet washes are flowing across
the paper and brilliant but unintended effects appear as if by magic. On these
occasions he feels he is simply a humble servant of the medium.
Robert’s more prescribed line and wash paintings rely for their distinctive
look on a loose, impressionistic drawing, usually in waterproof ink and drawn
with a sharpened matchstick rather than a pen.
don’t buy pictures, they buy memories and moods and Robert’s best paintings
convey the essence of a scene. One buyer bought a painting of sun soaked Sienna
because he said the warmth of the painting would carry him through a long
English winter until he could go to
again. What more can a painter ask?
had articles on watercolor painting in Leisure Painter, the
UK’s premier painting publication, in February and November 2005 and a two-part
painting project in the January and February 2006 issue.
A series of articles was published
in the January to June 2007 issues of Leisure Painter covering Robert’s
unique 5 C’s painting system which guarantees that anyone can learn to paint
or enhance their existing painting skills (see 5 C’s and Coaching pages).