|Dora at Oriel, Spring 2009, Ken Howard.|
"For me painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication and celebration."
It's always exciting to come upon an artist who has painted scenes of places with which I'm familiar. I once stumbled upon a scene by an 18th-century artist of the Coliseum in Rome
|San Marco, Venice, Ken Howard. |
I was there. I saw precisely this view. I wasn't inspired. Ken Howard inspires me.
|A Flooded San Marco, Ken Howard|
First of all, as an artist, he's intimidating, bigger then life, if you will. With his tall stature and mane of flowing white hair, his eighty-two years of age, his overall physical presence, he appears, quite frankly, rather awesome. Moreover, he paints on location. That alone scares the bejesus out of me. I could never set up my easel in the middle of Venice's San Marco Piazza with hundreds of people watching and start painting the cathedral. First of all it would take me hours upon hours in the hot sun, and secondly, under those circumstances, I probably would do a very good job of it. Howard has apparently done just that, and in the middle of the winter with paths through the snow; and in fact, in the midst of the high water which periodically floods the place. I'd get cold feet (literally).
|Tower Bridge, October, Ken Howard. There's a lot of Monet in his paintings of London.|
|Long Rock, Sennen, Summer, |
Ken Howard is British, so of course he paints London landmarks such as his Tower Bridge, October (above). I've never been there so I don't know as to his verisimilitude for that city. His London looks pretty much as I've always imagined it. I plan to visit there in a year or two. I'll get back to you on that later. Among his other favorite locales is the coast of Cornwall, an English art mecca near the southwestern-most tip of the island. I'm rather fond of beaches and I've painted one or two myself. As seen in his Long Rock Sennen, Summer (right) and Summer Evening, Sennen (below), Mr. Howard has nothing to worry about in terms of competition from me in that area. And, of course, no two beaches are alike. Mine have mostly been Caribbean.
|Summer Evening, Sennen, 2005, Ken Howard|
|Self-portrait with Nude,|
|Morning Light, watercolor, Ken Howard|