Spontaneous painting

My trusty companion for many years, water colour, is the perfect medium for spontaneous painting.     

No matter where I am in the world or what I am doing, I can always pull out my watercolours…..and I am immediately transported to a quiet, gentle, meditative place.

Rapid watercolour

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Over the years, primarily using watercolours, I have recorded the people and places I have encountered.

Young girl at the Mission Hill School, Boston, USA

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This has allowed me to meet and interact with people in a very special way.

This portrait of Catherine was painted on the day before her marriage a year and a half ago.     I first painted Catherine when she was four.

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Like life drawing – these spontaneous portraits are all about observation.     If they take more than thirty minutes they don’t work.

Rapid life study.

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My goal is to get under the skin of my subject – capturing the essence of the moment.

In this case, the nape of the neck says so much about the subject.

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A Bientôt

15 thoughts on “Spontaneous painting

  1. teagan geneviene

    Janet, your portraits are always so amazing. But somehow the first one took me by surprise, as i scrolled down my laptop screen. I wasn’t expecting a person. I gasped when i saw how lovely it was. Hummingbird hugs. ❤

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  2. Peter Wells aka Countingducks

    Apart from your striking use of colour their is an immediacy and character about your work which has a unique stamp about it. Few painters manage to create such a distinct personality on canvas, but you certainly have done in my opinion

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  3. olganm

    It takes a lot of training to be that spontaneous, I’m sure, although I think you have a special eye for capturing the essence of people. Thanks for sharing, Janet!

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