Some paintings, from the past
Recently I have had a look through some of my old watercolour paintings.
Some of my friends were surprised to learn that I once had quite a passion for watercolours, but I trained in art, so it’s not that surprising.
I suppose I mostly painted in times when I had little else to do.
In fact, most of the works reproduced in this post come from when I lived for a few years in Poland teaching at Wroclaw University. This was twenty years ago. I would spend the weekends and holidays with my aunt, who lived in a small town a few miles away.
The painting helped while-away the winter nights there – which are long and cold!
I don’t know why I brought them out of storage, but friends have been kind enough to say they like them, so I have been exhibiting some of them.
This piece is called Kartaflana Ciocia (Potato Aunt in English). I loved my aunt, and enjoyed painting her.
She had a habit of preferring natural remedies when she ill; and whenever she had a headache she would bind sliced potatoes to her forehead – which you see here.
It worked for her…
My aunt lived in a nice old house. This watercolour shows one of the rooms. I call it – unsurprisingly – ‘The Room Next To Mine’.
This work, Apples on Sunday (1990), is one of my favourites.
Every Sunday morning my aunt would attend the morning mass, and whenever I stayed with her, she insisted that I go too.
But, after a few initial visits, I refused to go anymore. However, my Aunt was unhappy (to say the least) and would refuse to speak to me for the best part of the day.
To avoid her ire, I would stay in bed until after she had left for mass; and then I would get up and enjoy the morning.
This picture is one that I took great pleasure in painting on one of these Sunday mornings.
My job at the university was to teach English to the staff, and, very kindly, they took me under their wing.
Polish people love to go off on trips into the countryside; and my late friend, Jacek Krawcynski, and his friends from Opole, invited me to join them on a few occasions. I took my paints with me one time and painted this view of Lake Otmuchów, which is in the district of Opole.
One of my last efforts in Poland, before returning to England, was this pencil on paper image of Rzędkowice, which is in Silesia. It’s another view, this time from the Krawa Piątka (Fifth Edge’). I drew it in September 1991.
It has been interesting looking back at these works. I’m even wondering if I should take painting up again. However, I am so busy with my porcelain commissions, I don’t know how I’d find the time to start.
So… I shan’t have to make a decision on that for a while!