|Pennine Road (1993) Vera Lowe (Private collection)|
Tempera is one of the earliest types of paint (made by blending egg & pigment), so this means that some of the oldest paintings in the collection will be included. By contrast, acrylic first became available in the 1950s & so many of the works are comparatively recent.
In the early 1960s my mother, Vera Lowe, began to use the new acrylic paint 'Cryla', fell in love with its immediacy & continued to use it for the rest of her life. The paint was sympathetic to the northern landscapes she loved to paint.
My sister & I have often talked about making a website & cataloguing her work, but it seems the BBC have beaten us to it! So far, three works have been included, but she also has work in the Manchester City Art Gallery, which has not yet been added.
Here is a link to view my mother's art on 'Your Paintings' : Vera Lowe
Whilst researching this post I found a lovely description of Vera by Sheila Gerrard
'Vera was a vibrant woman, passionate about painting.......her paintings were strong like her character.'
And also this account of a demonstration my mother had given:
'She said, addressing the ladies in particular, "leave the fluff under the bed, it will only come back again, paint instead"
Not only did my mother influence my art, but also my attitude to housework!
My new course for the New Year 2014 - Discovering Watercolour is an exciting new course for those wanting to explore this vibrant & inspiring medium - click here for more info.