Anne Farmer: About Me
I adore the possibilities of watercolour and this has become the medium I work in almost exclusively. Every now and then I even feel I’ve successfully met some of the challenges of this fascinating but tricky medium! You need ‘A Plan’ for a watercolour painting (or a good drawing) but you have to recognise the moment when it’s worth taking a risk to ‘Go with the Flow’! Oil pastels and ink seem to add a required touch sometimes.
My paintings are broadly representational, based on the world outside and sometimes indoors too. I just paint what I like – the countryside, sometimes in large sweeps, sometimes in detail; boats and water; people doing things; flowers – a bit of a scattergun approach. So I am still waiting to discover ‘my’ subject - but I’ve got a feeling I shall carry on finding too many things too interesting to narrow down the choice much.
The pictures are based on sketches, memories and photographs: a digital camera and a laptop means you can spend time thinking about your next painting even if you can’t get on with the job!
I provide black and white drawings for a couple of local magazines and in the past I wrote and illustrated a monthly column called ‘Prunings’ for the South West Vineyards Association, winning the Gillian Pearkes Memorial Trophy for these contributions.
Last Christmas I produced ‘Bonny Beagle’ dedicated to my grandchildren, and other children (and adults, so they say) have enjoyed the stories and pictures. I have a couple of other ideas I’m mulling over.
I am always happy to consider commissions, and have undertaken several paintings of various buildings.
Thank you very much for reading this and looking at the pictures, which I hope you enjoy, and which are on view thanks to the patience and cleverness of my daughter who designed the website.