Win win watercolour paintings

The Heart Research UK fundraising project, the anonymous heart art auction – #anonartproject – came to an end at 9pm on Sunday 13th October. This means that I can finally reveal all! First though, a quick reminder. All contributors are asked to submit work that is A5 in size. Heart Research UK send out cards… Read More

Another watercolour sunset

I was so pleased with last week’s successful watercolour paper stretching (and painting!) that I couldn’t wait to see if I could repeat it. This subject matter I chose wasn’t my usual fare, but I thought it would present a good challenge from a ‘stretched paper’ perspective, as well as a painting perspective. Technically, I… Read More

The joy of (watercolour) stretching

While I admit that painting on stretched paper is joyful, I’m still a little shy of investing in special paper stretchers – especially when there’s a more traditional and cheaper alternative. Despite my previous bad experiences of trying to stretch paper, I really don’t like the idea that a piece of paper, some water, a… Read More

Stretched watercolour sketches

After last weeks post, and some work in progress images of some seriously cockled paper, most of the comments focussed on the pros and cons of stretching paper. Stretching my paper isn’t something I usually do. When I say usually, I mean ever!  The last time I did stretch paper was quite a few years… Read More

Step by step watercolour paintings

This week’s efforts begin just a short distance from where last week’s watercolour left off. For this view, I’m still on the Mawddach estuary in Snowdonia, Wales, but this time much nearer to the mouth of the estuary. My reference photo for this view was actually taken from the foot and rail bridge that links the south… Read More

Low tide on the Mawddach estuary

I was rummaging through an old box of books recently looking for something that I thought I had (mainly to save me buying it all over again just because I’ve forgotten what books I already have!) when I came across a book that was gifted to me quite a few years ago. As it was… Read More

Witterings’ watercolour

I had reason to trawl back through my photographs the other day in a desperate attempt to win a discussion/argument about where we were, when were we there, and who were we there with, all of which is now clouded in the mists of time (at least in my mind!). Needless to say, I was… Read More

Watercolour painting from scratch (again!)

In chronological order, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained since last week’s post! In an attempt to break away from my recent reliance on Rowland Hilder – I decided to force myself to focus on some of the reference material I got in France this year. I wasn’t as prolific or inspired by what I… Read More

Art imitating medicine…

I know that the more common expression is ‘life imitating art’, or is it ‘art imitating life’? but either way, this is purely a crude device on my part to draw a decidedly tenuous analogy. In the same way that the medical profession seems unable to diagnose the cause of my current physical malaise that… Read More

Post-holiday watercolour blues

In my last post, I didn’t have anything in particular to share because I simply didn’t have anything to share. This week, however, I find myself in the unusual situation of having something to share, but being unable to do so. Some may recall that last year I donated three A5 studies to an anonymous… Read More