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It’s cold here and I haven’t been getting out to paint.  Instead, I’ve been doing some sketches of the early watercolor artists if I can find images of them painting.  I’m going to post them here and add information about them over time.  The first one is Paul Sanby, the so-called “father of English watercolour”.  He at Banksides, his mansion, and the view through the window is of his studio.

TO SEE THEM LARGER CLICK ON THE IMAGE (SOMETIMES TWICE)

Paul Sandby, father of English watercolor

Paul Sandby, father of English watercolor

And here’s Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck

Winslow Homer at Prout’s Neck

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

James Fletcher-Watson

James Fletcher Watson

James Fletcher Watson

and this is me sketching at Somerset House, London.  My daughter brought me a glass of orange juice.

more to come

Me, sketching in London

Me, sketching in London

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The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands. Whatever he sees, if he sees it clear (sic), he can put down.

The putting of it down requires, perhaps, much care and labor, but no more muscular agility than it takes for him to write his name.

Seeing clear (sic) is the important thing. (Maurice Grosser)


Paint what you see, not what you know. (Charles Hawthorne)

When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway. (Winslow Homer)

Fundamentally, art is a way of seeing rather than of doing or making. (Alan Jarvis)

My work isn’t about form. It’s about seeing. I’m excited about seeing things, and I’m interested in the way I think other people see things. (Roy Lichtenstein)

It takes time to really see. Seeing is in itself an art. Perhaps that is what art is, the crystallization of a vision. (Mary Jean Malleux)

Any fool can learn how to paint. The trick is to learn how to see. (Dorothy MacCarthy)

On the face of it, the easiest of all activities should be seeing what we see. In reality, it’s the hardest. (Charles Movalli)

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. (Pablo Picasso)

The thing known and the thing seen are not the same. (Harriet Shor)

The mind stands in the way of the eye. (Arthur Stern)

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