Big sky watercolour paintings

I travelled north last week on a family visit and packed in the hope I’d be able to get some on location painting done. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. Confined to some indoor painting, and feeling quite lacking in inspiration, I tried to whip up some enthusiasm with a couple of quick A5 sketches:… Read More

Obsessive watercolour paintings

Should anyone ever need proof of my obsessive tendencies, then they need look no further than this post! Here are the three A5 watercolour sketches that I posted last week. As a reminder, my brief was to produce a scene featuring both Notre Dame and the Cafe Aux Tours de Notre Dame which is on… Read More

Spot the difference watercolour sketches

Back in 2017 I posted a painting that I’d done of ‘Café aux tours a Notre Dame’. The painting was based on my then recent trip to Paris and some photographs that I’d taken whilst there. I signed off that post by vowing to return to the subject another day. Fast forward a few years… Read More

Watercolour sketches to watercolour paintings

Final weekend of the Artists Open Houses Last weekend saw the final three days of this year’s Artists Open Houses. I had particularly high hopes for the final weekend, not least because I’d convinced myself that hordes of potential buyers had been holding off until the final weekend before committing themselves. I must also confess… Read More

Barbershop watercolour

Last weekend was the third and penultimate weekend of Brighton’s Artists Open Houses. I spent a lovely day at my venue, Art at Zerbs, chatting with visitors and wrestling with a new watercolour painting! On a recent visit to my barbers, I surreptitiously took a few photos with a view to one day trying to… Read More

Cool and warm watercolour paintings

It would appear that I’ve taken to heart my own ‘recommendations to self’ from last week’s post, specifically, to tackle more watercolour paintings of local Brighton scenes and to paint more interiors. After painting under a degree of public scrutiny last week, I was keen to have some fun painting a little fast and loose.… Read More

Artists Open Houses opening weekend

After the pressure of getting everything ready and set up for the Open House Exhibition, it was an enjoyable relief to finally open the doors to visitors. There’s been a steady flow of visitors over the weekend and, as on previous occasions, I really enjoyed meeting and talking to people about my paintings and painting… Read More

Artists Open House and the final watercolour painting across the finish line

My Artists Open House exhibition opens this Saturday and I’m delighted to report that I do actually have a show to hang! My time since last week’s post has mainly been spent cutting mounts, selecting, mounting, framing some paintings and wrapping others that will sit in browsers. Thinking about the exhibition hang, I was keen… Read More

Watercolour paintings of Porto

A belated Happy Easter to all and an immediate apology for the brevity of this post which I’ll try to make up for with a sprinkling of watercolour paintings of Porto! First off, if you haven’t sampled the delights of Porto, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so – it’s wonderful! We spent a… Read More

Market Day, Perigueux

Following on from last week’s necessity to have a portrait format half imperial sized painting for my Artists Open House exhibition, here’s another effort. The view is looking towards the market square in the French town of Perigueux in the Dordogne which we visited when on holiday last year. While I like many aspects of… Read More