Barcelona alleyway watercolour

After finding last week’s Bartender subject matter in my Barcelona library, I continued to look for any other previously overlooked gems. The one that stood out for me on this occasion did so for two reasons. First, I really liked the quite graphic composition of it, formed by lots of uprights and strong light and… Read More

Bartender, watercolour

After quite a few weeks of feeling a little ‘meh’ about my watercolour painting, it’s so nice to post something and feel a little more upbeat! In search of inspiration I returned to my Barcelona album. It’s an album that’s been well trawled in the past but we had such a fabulous time there I… Read More

A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel

After some of the kind advice and suggestions I received last week – for which I’m most grateful – I came very close to not painting or posting anything at all this week. In the end, however, I just couldn’t help myself! I’d had something sketched out on a board for a week or so… Read More

A few more holiday sketches

I know I started last week’s post by professing my love of camping but I had no idea how sorely or how soon this was going to be put to the test! We were hit by the tail end of Storm Ellen and had to endure some torrential rain and some extraordinarily high winds. It… Read More

Gone camping

I bloomin’ love camping! It’s always such a refreshing change of pace to the regular day to day. This week’s post will be unapologetically brief for three reasons: I’m on holiday I have very poor reception on my phone I have very little to share From a practical watercolour painting perspective the most exciting development… Read More

That holiday feeling…

Like most I suspect, our 2020 holiday plans have already been thrown into disarray. Earlier in the year our much anticipated trip to Valencia was cancelled, as was my masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet, and our regular camping jaunt to France has also had to fall by the wayside. This isn’t to say that I’m not… Read More

A trip down memory lane

Apologies in advance for this nostalgic and slightly self-indulgent post. I hope you’ll allow me to explain? Blasts from the past Follow the passing of my mum back in April I’ve been gradually working on the arrangements for mum’s estate. Her bungalow will shortly be put on the market and, last weekend, I spent some… Read More

A floral first watercolour painting

For those of you that may have been following this blog for any length of time – I do hope you’re sitting down when you read this! After many years of painting in watercolour, I’ve finally attempted my first painting of flowers! Even as I write I can still hardly believe it. I came across… Read More

French country cottage watercolour

Last week I was ticked of by someone on twitter last week when I posted my watercolour painting here based on a photograph by Fan Ho. The commentator was kind enough to acknowledge their appreciation of the painting, but felt that I should not be using other people’s images for inspiration. I’m happy to defend… Read More