I had done no painting in watercolour and only had a very rudimentary set of paints, and some very poor quality paper. The intense heat and difficulty carrying back more than one wet oil canvas across rocky hill terrain made us understand the necessity of using a light-weight, quick-drying medium. I used my hog’s hair oil painting brushes as there was no money available to buy recognized watercolour brushes and I familiarized myself with Max Doerner’s ‘Materials of the Artist’.
Then, we travelled to Rome to replenish our meagre stocks of watercolours and papers. I painted nearly 500 watercolours over that seven month period and, sitting out every day, experimented with with different colour combinations which were dictated by the changing seasons.
Working on those watercolours gave me the knowledge to be able to tackle the vast demolition subjects in Liverpool in the seventies.