Borrowing techniques from the masters, English artist Paul Banning (featured in the December 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist) creates scenes of modern life in Britain. View a gallery of some additional watercolors of the artist’s below.
Enjoying the Evening, St Mark’s Square Venice (watercolor on paper, 20×28) by Paul Banning. On his website the artist divides his work into categories, but there is inevitably crossover. Is this painting a people painting or an architectural study? In truth, it’s both, and just a very paintable scene.
Evening Light over Senise Basilicata (watercolor on paper, 14×18) by Paul Banning. “The sun was setting, and I had to work really quickly to capture the scene in Evening Light over Senise Basilicata,” says Banning. As a result, the style is looser than usual. This painting is one of a group which led to him receiving the Turner Watercolour Award this year.
Fishing at Moret sur Loing (watercolor on paper, 29×19) by Paul Banning. There are no dramatic contrasts between sunshine and shadow in this work, suggesting an overcast day. The feeling of very solid forms and depth in the painting has been achieved through subtle tonal changes.
House Boat, Felixstowe (watercolor on paper, 15×18) by Paul Banning. Banning loves maritime subjects—he’s a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists as well as the Wapping Group of artists, which meets weekly to paint aspects of the Thames. There’s something quietly amusing that caught his eye and prompted this painting, a once-proud boat now forever stranded.
Looking Out, Looking In–West Door, Westminster Abbey (watercolor on paper, 29×19) by Paul Banning. A modern look at an old subject, this painting provides a view onto the streets of London through glass doors. “I was intrigued by the reflection,” says Banning. “The most distant buildings are mere streaks of paint.”
Read more about Paul Banning in the December 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist.
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