I came across this little painting again, after many years. It used to hang in my late mother’s apartment.
Though the memory of producing it, is very vague, I remember that it was a copy from an ‘encyclopaedic-type’ book. It might even have been in black and white.
It was painted in my pre- or early teens. It could well have been my first attempt at a watercolour. And I’m somewhat marvelling at its simplicity and yet correct tonal expression.
The faint pencil lines show through. The tree/bush green to the left is fainter than the green capturing the closer trees to the right. There is a tiny little figure in the sail-boat to the right – I can’t believe I indicated it – as small as it is. (approx 1mm). Bear in mind that my art education was practically zero at this stage.
I have no idea who the artist was – that I was copying. At the bottom right I have written: either ‘Rodin or Robin copy by D. K. Riddles’.
Does anyone recognise it? What painting is this child using as his reference point? The reference point was probably about 3 inches wide. And the finished painting is 9” x 7”.
Painted with cheap pan paints, not even on watercolour paper, with again the cheapest of small brushes. I embrace it as my own!
To be able to go back in time and take a look over my own shoulder – my – that would be interesting!