WIN a watercolour original of Fordham
PUBLISHED: 14:04 18 September 2019
James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a nod to the inspiration that has driven his artistic endeavours
It's a frequent question put to me by friends. 'Who's your favourite artist?' And there is no doubt in regards to my answer, Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Painting these watercolours of Fordham, and in fact every time I pick up a paint brush, I become inspired by his shimmering colours.
My visit to Fordham, during the very height of summer, found everything Renoir would have loved in the brilliant sunshine. His output of tumultuous work seemed to have been completed on an endless summer day with his sumptuous colours fading into a bewildering infinity before our eyes.
So, why do I adore his iconic paintings so much? And why do I mention him here?
Well there are two aspects to my answer. Firstly, I am simply mesmerised by his wondrous masterpieces and he, like me, suffered deformity of his hands from chronic rheumatoid arthritis.
With modern day treatment I can still hold a brush, while Renoir had his brush strapped to his wrists to enable him to paint his masterpieces.
Secondly, on December 3, 2019, it will be 100 years since Renoir died, but these summer images seemed an appropriate time to give note to my inspiration and the influence he has had on not only my art, but the wider world of art.
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You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit www.cottagecornerart.co.uk