I’ve been attracted to Ian Potts’ watercolour painting of ‘Marina di Pietrasanta beach’ since the first time I laid eyes on it. It seemed then a fitting way to try to sign off on my little trilogy of painting like Potts. There are many things that I particularly like about the original painting but mainly, it’s the saturation and boldness of colour together with the abstraction and gestural quality of the composition and the mark making that I find so appealing.
This then, is what I set out to capture in my homage. I still don’t know exactly how Ian Potts wentabout his painting, but here’s how I went about my interpretation!
(Oh, one thing that I should say is that I picked up a small set of cheap acrylic paintbrushes. A mix of smallish flat brushes and a small round brush, they’re much stiffer than anything I’d usually use for watercolour painting but I primarily bought them to use with masking fluid. The combination of the stiffness of the brushes, the fluidity of the liquid mask and the roughness of the paper does allow for some quite expressive and subtle mark making.)
Hopefully, thesedifferent stages are pretty self-explanatory. Fortunately, I was trying topaint this at the same time as preparing a rather convoluted meal. I sayfortunately as it meant swapping between projects which gave the painting timeto dry as I swapped back and forth between palette and paintbrushes and potsand pans. I did really enjoy building up the washes and layers of the painting,and trying to apply the paint in a relaxed and expressive manner but there’s noway I’d have been able to do this without havingthe original as a guide. I just don’t ‘see’ like this! As an exercise though, Ifound it really valuable and I’m quite pleased with how this turned out.
Here’s the finished painting:
And here once again is my Ian Potts board on Pinterest in case anyone wants to compare my effort with the original.
I’m going to be having a close look at this board again, in particular, his paintings of the fishing boatsat Hastings. I’m not intended to try to copy any of these, but I am keen togive them some detailed consideration and scrutiny because we’re going to bespending a few days holiday in Hastings (home to the UKs largest ‘on-shore fishing fleet’). The weather forecast isgreat (admittedly it is only the long term forecast!) and my camera batteriesare being charged in readiness!
I’ll be with family so won’t have time to paint, but I amhoping to return excited, inspired and armed with lots of new reference material.