My wife and I enjoyed a rare day off work without the children today, so we decided to head up to Northumberland and away from Teesdale. I was imagining a nice walk along the Coquet, Till or even the Rede. My obsession with waterways is not always shared by my much better half and we settled for tea in Corbridge.
Lovely town, some fine buildings, lots of Romano-British history and expensive tea! I suggested we take a walk along the Tyne, but the cold was biting so I agreed to settle for some nick-knack Christmas shopping. Compromise is the key to a lasting relationship, so a few quid lighter; we packed the car and headed for home.
The fix still needed fixing, so when we arrived back in the house, I produced this painting of woods in Teesdale using a technique borrowed from Barry Coombs. It represents a radical change in everything I’ve ever understood about watercolours. I often set out to paint with a new direction, but always seem to fall into the same old trappings. Barry
and Leslie both gave me a new insight, changed the way I think about colour and values. I don’t pretend this simple painting is anything of note, but for me, it represents a real leap forward in painting without line or pen as the underlying structure.