Some of my first serious paintings were of flowers, either wild or from our garden, but later my interest turned more towards landscape, and was particularly stimulated by travel.

However, on a cold, wet day in Wales in autumn I was searching for a subject when I found some late hydrangeas.  The flower heads were over but had dried to amazing colours, and my interest was suddenly re-awakened.

As a teenager I struggled to find colours vivid enough for flowers, but since then many new waterbased preparations have come on the market, in particular, for my recent pictures:
water-soluble colour pencils, Staedtler karat aquarell and Carran d'ache supracolour; and the brilliant Dr Ph. Martin's Radiant concentrated watercolour which comes in little bottles with droppers.


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