A watercolour has been my inspiration. I was drawn to it because it is not at all a pretty picture, and it does not use size to impress. However, this small and delicate image captures a huge landmass and immense weather phenomenon. I love the contrast of a powerful, stark subject, enclosed within a small frame!
As an abstract landscape painter I work in watercolour and relish using bold gestures and rich colours. The work that inspired me has a delicacy of touch that is in contrast to the title, and that intrigued me.
I wanted to attempt the same challenge....to show in watercolour an impression of storm in the landscape and contain it within a small space. I wanted to capture that delicate touch, but use full strength colours for impact.
I have included as one of my images a preparatory study. The storm effect was captured, but I needed to clarify a sense of landscape as well as distance, and lighten my touch. I hope the final image does this.
Between Brixen and Bolzano, North Italy, Storm Effect
second half of 18th century
John Robert Cozens
slightly executed in pen and finished in colours
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