Sasha Dee


 A Cooltan Arts Visit organised by the Volunteers & Participants  under the guidance of the two officers Clara Jones  & Asia Weiloch.

This Visit is the first of its kind  from one of the  New initiatives of the Cooltan arts giving power to the participants

The Visit

Absolutely brilliant in all its sense!  If you have not seen it make efforts if you are an art lover and if you are not still you should not miss it as it will fall in love with the Watercolour whether you want to dabble into it or watch the works of other; it will be a spiritual experience at any level.


We at the Cooltan Arts an Institute based in a South London warehouse that is hot in summer and freezing cold but have bold aims and objectives to use art to tone down pains suffered due to mental health issues, were generously given complimentary tickets to see this absolute eye-candy exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed and during the visit forgot our needles and pins and came out breathing fresh breeze.


The exhibition has eight sections and organised in eight rooms.  And it takes you through the history of the watercolour from its cave paintings to the landmarks in its development and coming to maturity in powerful brilliance to vie with the oil paintings and other art media.

It has two great features. 

One is the display of the artworks of the great masters like “Among the many significant watercolor artists of this period were Thomas Gainsborough, John Robert Cozens, Francis Towne, Michael Angelo Rooker, William Pars, Thomas Hearne and John Warwick Smith. William Blake.

There were paintings of the European, American and Oriental artists as well.

But British artists, topographical workers and ordinance map makers and explorese and travellers, who really were the luminaries of this brilliant art form were also fondly given special attention. 


Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), who brought watercolor painting to the highest pitch of power and refinement and created with it hundreds of superb historical, topographical, architectural and mythological paintings. His method of developing the watercolor painting in stages, starting with large, vague color areas established on wet paper, then refining the image through a sequence of washes and glazes, permitted him to produce large numbers of paintings with workshop efficiency and made him a multimillionaire in part through sales from his personal art gallery, the first of its kind.”

Tate Britain of course is the home of the Turnerism and they have been promoting it sincerely.

Another great feature of this eyeful exhibition is the display of the tolls of the Watercolour material and bewitching watercolor boxes of Turner, Queen Victoria and other as well.

Watercolour  painting art became popular and mature during Victorian time.  During this time John Ruskin was a towering figure. As the powerful writer-critique of art and architecture he actively promoted the watercolour.  All the Pre-Raphaelites Brotherhood did marvelous work in this form. 

Ruskin’s own “Withering Leaf” is brilliantly displayed.


 leaf of john ruskin

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