|Watercolour - Tate Britain Calendar 2012|
image courtesy of Tate Britain
On Thursday last week I went to see the Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain. I'd already been once before but didn't have the time to spend a long time in the galleries. On this second visit it was several hours and three sketches later before I left. It's a fascinating exhibition and I'm going to be writing in more detail about it next week.
One of the things that the exhibition does is well and truly establish just how many different ways you can paint using watercolour - and how well suited it is to a number of different genres of painting.
The reason for this post is that the Tate publicity people approached me to ask if I'd like to run a competition for one of the calendars for 2012 based on images in the exhibition.
I'm very happy to try and help publicise the exhibition. So far as I'm concerned it's a "must see". However if you live too far away to see it for yourself you can always live with some of the images all next year.
So I sat and thought for a bit - and came up with a spiffing competition if I say so myself! Here's the question
Who is your absolute favourite painter who uses watercolour paints (now or in the past) - and why?The answer can be any artist who painted in watercolours past or present. Post your answer as a comment to this post. The deadline for an answer is 28th May. The best answer will be selected by me to receive a free Tate Watercolour 2012 calendar.
This calendar is so new it's not even on Amazon as yet! The front cover is Turner's painting The Blue Rigi which was recently "saved for the nation" - and was one of my sketches.
The 2012 calendar features beautiful large images from the exhibition and is produced exclusively for Tate by www.FlameTreePublishing.com.
I'm really looking forward to hearing your views - don't be shy - leave a comment!
- You can name the same painter more than once - just make sure your reasons why are better than the other nominations!
- "Watercolour paints" means paints dispersible using water alone - which means tube and pan watercolours, gouache, casein, ink, tempera and (if you must) acrylic. I admit to a very strong preference for traditional watercolour paints which have been used over the centuries. That's a clue!