©Mike Greatbanks, 'Cloud Study No.', 6"x4", Watercolour
Many years ago, as part of a course, I went to The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where I had to choose one painting to study. It was here, that I became fascinated by John Constable's paintings, from 'Dedham Lock & Mill' (which I chose to study); 'Boat Building Near Flatford Mill'; amazed by the view of the full-scale study of 'The Hay Wain'; and wowed by his cloud studies.
It was this experience plus my love of Turner's artwork and that of the Impressionists, which inspired me to paint landscapes.
Even Monet & Pissarro, who visited London in 1870, were stirred & inspired by Constable's paintings, as well as those of Turner.
Above is one of my own cloud studies.
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