On Location: Andrew Horrod Watercolor Cityscapes

“A key part of what I do and who I am comes from the fact that I must experience the scene firsthand,” says award-winning British watercolorist Andrew Horrod of his dreamlike urban landscapes. “Almost every painting I do is started—and sometimes substantially completed—in front of the subject.”

Horrod says he finds experiencing a location as it really is lends authenticity to the painting. “It’s not just about what I see,” he says, “but also about how the weather, the noise and the smells are affecting the scene; it’s the whole sensory experience. Not all of these things translate into a painting, but they’re part of absorbing the experience and responding in painterly terms.”

See more of Horrod’s painterly scenes in the August 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist—available as both a print issue and a .pdf download. The issue can also be found on newsstands June 16.

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Central Venice From the Lido (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

Central Venice From the Lido (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

The Piazzetta, Venice at Night (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

The Piazzetta, Venice at Night (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

Penzance (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

Penzance (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Light, Hampstead Pond (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

Winter Light, Hampstead Pond (watercolor on paper) by Andrew Horrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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