Distant horizon watercolour painting

Sold Delighted to begin this week’s post with the good news that this watercolour painting, ‘Sundown on the South Downs’ is now residing happily in its new home.  I received a message last week, completely out of the blue, from someone that saw this painting during my Artists Open House exhibition last May. After ten… Read More

Same bar, similar view, different, watercolour painting

After last week’s watercolour painting I was in two minds about whether to tackle this subject again. After reasoning to myself that there were good elements to try to replicate, and other areas to try to improve on, I decided to have another go, but this time from a marginally different angle. To start with,… Read More

Watercolour painter walks into a bar…

If this sounds like the beginning of a particularly poor joke, I fear it may be one at my own expense… …impoverished watercolour painter walks into a swanky restaurant. Sits at the bar. Orders a coffee. Finishes coffee. Orders the bill. Whhaatttt!! Surely somebody somewhere must be joking! £4.44 for a coffee!? The longer story… Read More

New year’s resolution watercolour painting

Without wishing to start off on a bleak note, I’m fully anticipating that 2020 is going to be a tough old year. This is primarily for personal reasons that have nothing to do with painting, but is nevertheless the main motivation behind one of my new year resolutions to ‘sort out some holidays’. There are… Read More

Colonnade cafe, Barcelona watercolour

After enjoying last week’s watercolour painting so much, I was keen to tackle it again but this time to do a colour version. Here are some quick work in progress shots to show how it developed: So far so good. Next up was to start adding in the darks into the shadow areas: At this… Read More

Alvaro Castagnet watercolour masterclass

Well I’m just going to launch straight in with the big news of the week, which is that in a most surprising turn of events I find myself booked on to a two-day masterclass in May with the world-renowned watercolour artist Alvaro Castagnet! It was my birthday over the weekend, something that usually receives no… Read More

Copic ciao grey tones – a review

Happy New Year one and all! I know that my first post of the new decade, on the very first day of 2020 is the ideal day for me to be setting out my own watercolour manifesto for the year or even years ahead, but I’m afraid that I have to confess that my manifesto… Read More

A merry watercolour Christmas to all!

I sincerely hope that anyone reading this is having a wonderful festive season! Personally, I’m a huge fan of Christmas and, historically, start playing my festive tunes quite early in December (so only about two months after the shops start playing theirs!) A perennial favourite, and one that always makes me feel quite humble and,… Read More

A secret santa watercolour

As the title may suggest, I can’t give too much away in this week’s post – at least not until sometime after Christmas day! The subject is the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. I usually work from my own photographs but on this occasion, I’ve had to resort to finding one online. It is, however,… Read More

Rushed watercolour paintings

Precious little time for painting or writing this week! It’s so frustrating when you have such little time to spend pursuing your passion that the limited time itself can become a pressured hindrance. That’s a little bit how it felt for me this week. Here’s my first effort: This was inspired by a visit a… Read More