Colin Peel (Australia) Residence: May 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.
During this residency, I plan to continue 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.
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 my first foray here I was surprised by the number of power lines dotting such a neat and pristine place – I have attached this initial water colour sketch that I did yesterday morning, the third day of staying in Itoshima.
Announcing Colin Peel’s Exhibition at Studio Kura, May 2017
“Springtime – Water Colour Sketches of Itoshima and its People”