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Washed Away - a year of plein painting

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Washed Away - a year of plein painting' is the latest exhibition from Guy Troughton, whose watercolours will be at Bathers Pavilion Gallery at Balmoral Beach from Thursday November 15 to Sunday December 30. The exhibition is free to attend.

Troughton's works have all been painted 'en plein air', which means 'in the open air', an approach to art made famous by the Impressionists and Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Julian Ashton. Troughton explains, 'Like so many artists I spend a lot of time painting in my studio so I decided to dedicate at least one day each week for a whole year to working outdoors."

Troughton believes this technique, combined with the challenge and spontaneity of watercolour, brings a vitality and freshness to his work. He says, "Painting watercolour en plein air is particularly intense and sometimes precarious. You have to work fast and be prepared for anything - rain, wind, frisky dogs and talkative onlookers." He also admits, "I find the spontaneity and unpredictability of using watercolour very exciting. It can be used freely in broad washes or tightly controlled with a dry-brush technique. It suits my personality."

Inspiring Troughton are familiar spots close to his home including Balmoral, Manly Dam and Clontarf. His en plein air watercolours feature landscapes and elements of nature found by the sea and in the bush. "Nature is constantly changing and I am striving to capture life, movement and the spirit of a place at one moment in time in my paintings," he says.

So dedicated is he to watercolours, Troughton is on the Executive Committee of the prestigious Australian Watercolour Institute (AWI). He also teaches the style of painting. This year his watercolours have been exhibited in Mexico, Taiwan and Korea as well as numerous galleries across Australia.

You can find some images of the paintings that will soon be on display at the Bathers Pavilion on Troughton's Facebook page.
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When: Thursday November 15 to Sunday December 30
Where: Bathers Pavilion Gallery, The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
Cost: Free
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