New sword liner watercolour brush

I received a new large-sized sword liner watercolour brush the other day and, in retrospect, think that this must have been in my mind when it came to selecting this week’s inspiration. Here’s a quick snap of my two pro arte sword liner brushes – the larger one being the newest addition. I’ve had the… Read More

La Placa Reial watercolour paintings

Although I’ve finished my plein-air DIY watercolour project that I previewed last week, I’d really like to you to be able to see it ‘in action’ so I’m going to wait for some more clement weather before I photograph it. In the meantime though, as I couldn’t wait to try out my new set up, here… Read More

Vintage Winsor and Newton artist’s case

As well as my passion for painting in watercolour, I also greatly enjoy the associated paraphernalia – the brushes, paints and palettes etc – and over the years, have amassed quite a collection! I was delighted to be able to add to this collection in the form of a vintage Winsor and Newton aluminium artist’s… Read More

Returning to the scene of a Barcelona watercolour

I was wary of returning to the scene of one of my favourite paintings of late, but I hoped that a different composition combined with everything I’ve learnt and experienced since, would be sufficient to make it a worthwhile exercise. As a reminder, here’s my painting of a sunlit café in a Barcelona side street,… Read More

Watercolour painting without fear

Watercolour painting without fear. Well, that was the theory! The other week I spent quite a while painting a view that I’ve tried a few times before, but have yet to feel that I’ve  cracked it. Sadly, this remains to be the case. I reached a point where theoretically, it was about 90% complete, but… Read More

Constructive watercolour criticism

I felt increasingly disappointed about my most recent efforts after posting last week’s blog post. I did, however, receive some well-considered, constructive and encouraging comments that really stuck with me. Initially, all I wanted to do was to move on and forget this subject. The more I mulled over the comments I’d received though, the more… Read More

Keeping it local

Keeping with my watercolour paintings of local views, this week’s subject is St. John the Baptist Church on Palmeira Square, Hove. It’s about five minutes from where I live and, as a subject, it’s probably one that I’ve photographed more than any other but never with the light in the right place for me to… Read More

A watercolour tribute to Edward Seago, and something close to home…

First up this week is a tribute to one of my all-time watercolour heroes: Edward Seago (31 March 1910 – 19 January 1974). It was seeing the work of Edward Seago that inspired me to pick up my brushes again. It was Seago’s watercolours that, to me, exemplified the brilliance of watercolour, its immediacy, subtlety… Read More

Watercolour painting progress

One of the great things I enjoy about watercolour painting is, with practice, being able to see demonstrable progress and improvement. This, combined with maintaining this brushes with watercolour blog, means that I have a ready means of being able to trawl through my archives to look back on and chart or reflect on my… Read More

Cropping a watercolour from the jaws of disaster!

After last week’s effort, I was keen to tackle the same view again but to iron out some of the creases while replicating all of my favourite elements: My main aim was to introduce a little more subtlety, in particular to the buildings on the right. When I started to draw this out again, I… Read More