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Folkestone for an artist is full of opportunity and inspiration: went to a life drawing session last night, one of several that are held frequently here. Painting has really taken over for me lately, from drawing, as I have realised that I really love colour and am not normally too interested in conveying anything without it! Since this realisation, I have become far more prolific. Plus starting to use watercolour has been a real boon, as my little colour box is so easy to carry around!  Brilliant!

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Taken in Venice, April 2015.

My watercolour paintings of scenes are always carried out on the spot from life, as the French Impressionists called, en plein air. I love the immediacy and freshness this gives. I do not work from photographs, as I find them relatively flat, lacking atmosphere and subtlety. I love the way light and colours change as I observe the scene, forcing you to look, and look again and again. I hope you enjoy my attempts at capturing some of the beauty around us.

This is a brand new site (4th May 2015) and a work in progress, so lots more to come and there will be regular updates. Come back and look around :-)

All the best,

Maria.

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