31st October – 6th November | Natural World in Watercolour | Angela Scrivin & Linda Foster

Linda Foster

My passion is watercolour. I have now extended this passion to include water based media. The flow of the liquid pigment and its interaction with whatever surface I am using continues to fascinate me and spur me on to develop my creativity.

I employ a wide variety of watercolour painting techniques and am always looking for new ways of using this versatile medium to represent the landscapes I love. I do enjoy painting wet in wet which I believe gives the colours the greatest opportunity to add their own individuality to my work. I often use a limited palette of colours which, I feel, gives me the chance to catch the nuance in a landscape which is constantly changed by the light and shadow of the natural elements.

Whatever individual landscape I paint I am influenced by wide sweeps of mountains, moorland and sea and then fascinated by the detail of drystone walls, rock outcrops and lichens. This counterpoint of detail within expansive space coupled with the alchemy of watercolours themselves has excited and inspired me throughout my life.

Creativity to me is a solitary occupation driven on by the urge to create using colour and texture but the support given to me by friends who encourage me is fundamental to this process.

Angela Scrivin

I started painting when I retired from business and chose early on to use watercolour in my artistic journey, attracted by its challenges and the unpredictable, often magical, results that can occur with painting wet into wet. I occasionally use ink as well as watercolour and employ various techniques to provide texture and interest.

I am not drawn to photographic reality and prefer to let water and pigment do what it will, with sometimes very little intervention on my part.

My inspiration is mainly drawn from the beautiful riverside village in which I live and more particularly my garden, which is one of my other passions. Away from home I am particularly drawn to wild landscapes and shorelines.

We are privileged to live in a beautiful country teeming with the flora and fauna and wild places that I try to capture the essence of in my paintings. I sketch, take photograph and notes of colour, sounds and feelings as I take in my surroundings letting the natural world speak to me as it will.

I paint mostly in the studio hopefully conveying the essence of my observations. I use fresh plant material supported by sketches and photos for those subjects which don’t sit still!