Swanage artist reveals secrets of his little black books
AN artist who has been recording glimpses of everyday life and landscapes in sketchpads, is holding his first exhibition.
Tony Kerins's exhibition ‘Purbeck’ features around 40 paintings, together with a selection of the 150 sketchpads he has amassed over the past 30 years. The exhibition is being held at Durlston Castle, Swanage, from this Saturday 24 Aug to 15 Sept.
Tony says: "I sketch all the time – it’s an important part of the artistic process for me. It helps me to understand the landscape and capture the atmosphere of time and place."
The work in the sketchbooks ranges from rough pencil lines to detailed studies with colour washes. Tony’s earliest records of Purbeck landscapes go back to 1986, when he first moved to Swanage.
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"I’ve never been short of inspiration living in Purbeck. The views are ever-changing with the light and seasons. And there are always people and wildlife to add movement and drama."
Tony hopes the exhibition will encourage us to value drawing and inspire people to take up sketching for themselves.
"Sketching can be a therapeutic and rewarding activity, and a great way to de-stress. It’s about slowing down, absorbing what you can see, and recording your own personal response to your surroundings."