The first artist that I really began to study as a young, enthusiastic watercolourist was Rowland Hilder. My parents used to buy a calendar every year called Artists Britain. It would always contain several outstanding paintings by Rowland Hilder. I found myself captivated by his work. After a few disappointing attempts at using watercolour, I decided to copy some of his paintings. It’s an exercise which I would advocate for anyone wishing to learn any painting technique. What I discovered was, my own paintings improved dramatically after these studies of Hilder’s work. I gradually began to develop my own style of painting.
Rowland Hilder was not a slave to the medium. He broke many of the rules of watercolour painting. He would often use mixed media in his paintings. There are a number of books available on his work. I would encourage anyone who is serious about watercolour painting to take a look at his work. The painting above is actually a copy of a Rowland Hilder painting. I painted it as a part of a watercolour demonstration. I was showing the class how to take subjects like skies and trees using a limited palette.
Artist Support Pledge
Since first writing this blog post back in 2011, I’ve put the paintings that I did as demonstrations as part of the Artist Support Pledge. At the time of re-writing, they are available for just £200 each unframed.