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Doris Brabham Hatt, an inspiration.

Art Writing

Doris Brabham Hatt, an inspiration.

I’m always learning about new artists, old and new, recently I have discovered Doris Brabham Hatt, whom excitedly I discovered lived in Clevedon, not far from where my own art studio is located. Doris stood out not just for her wonderful art, which really pushed boundaries of composition and colour in modern art, but also her pioneering activism on feminist and human rights, and her personal life as an “out” lesbian at that time here in Clevedon. Born in Bath, on the 24 September 1890, into a well known and affluent Bath family that ran a successful wig-making, hairdressing and...

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The wonderful history of our love of Watercolours

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The wonderful history of our love of  Watercolours

Watercolour is an ancient and exciting medium to work with. It’s unique approach and styles can be found across the world. My own love affair with watercolour started with a rocky relationship... At school and at home I used those hard, powdery dry blocks which were (and still are) typical of the budget colours available in the UK. I hated them, I moved onto acrylics embracing the colour and the intensity they offer, but struggling to make them fit with my own developing style of brush work and composition. It wasn’t until my wonderful art tutor at KIAD, Rochester, took...

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