Colin Peel (Australia) Residence: October 2017
Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.
Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.
I was fortunate to have a Spring Residency at Studio Kura where I continued to develop a technique of portraiture with water colour on Yupo paper – a synthetic, plastic like paper. I enjoy the contemporary look of these water colours. Some examples of this work can be seen on my Instagram site.
I also enjoy Plein Air painting with both water colour and oils but for ease of use while travelling I will focus on water colours in this residency in Japan. Capturing the light and any uniqueness in the landscape will be my aim.
In May I painted many of the features of the landscape in the immediate surrounds of Studio Kura and my Australian colleagues commented on the more lyrical nature of my brushwork. I intend to continue to paint the landscape in the Autumn colours and light of October. I may also extend my work to include city scapes from within Fukuoka.
I am now a volunteer instructor teaching water colour within the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Melbourne and enjoy weekly instruction of 12 aspiring artists. It is a pleasure to see retirees enjoying the creative process.
Colin Peel participated in the artist in residency program at Studio Kura in May 2017.