Thanks for all the many hundreds of comments on the Watercolour blog so far. There has been a remarkable response from you - so thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts.

It has been fascinating to read what you have liked, what you would like to see more of, and also what you haven’t liked. Several of you have said that there were some wonderful surprises, such as discovering the work of Edward Burra (one of you thought that Burra’s work reminded you of Banksy!).

John Dunstall 'A Pollard Oak near West Hampnett Place, Chichester' c1660
Historic or contemporary? John Dunstall's 'A Pollard Oak near West Hampnett Place, Chichester', (c1660).

Others pointed out how contemporary some of the works appeared, in particular, John Dunstall’s A Pollard Oak near West Hampnett Place, Chichester c.1660. Some of you said that you would like to have seen more contemporary watercolours in the exhibition, while others wished to see more Turner. Such is the broad appeal of the medium.

It was nice, also, to read that there were those of you who brought your children, and noted that the visit inspired them to try out watercolours at home. From early beginnings…

What I would like to know is - what is your favourite work in the exhibition and why? I look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Forsey

My favourite work is by Tracey Emin, proving once again how utterly tedious and pathetically inadequate her watercolour skills are, leaving one disappoimted at the end of the show. There are a lot more talented exponents of contemporary watercolour and the public should have been rewarded with the best not the worst. The best of contemporary watercolour was not adequately represented in the show.


We should do more pollarding of our trees. It's an excellent source of fuel and it doesn't harm the environment and looks good too.


My favourite piece was 'Tulips' by Alexander Marshal- the detail and delicacy of these images was breathtaking. I found this show really interesting. While, of course, there were pieces I disliked, it was fascinating to see how watercolour has developed throughout the years and the many different ways it can be used.