Plein-air sketching in Wales

I was away in Wales over the recent bank holiday weekend – ‘surely not another holiday!’ I hear you exclaim! This time we were camping with twenty or so friends and families and I took my sketching kit along more in hope than expectation. We were based in the Brecon Beacons on the river Usk… Read More

Sketching – the perfect tonic!

Carrying on from where I left off last week, I've been really enjoying working in my sketchbooks. Here're a few pages and close-ups of some of my efforts. We only made it back from back from France earlier today, after spending a wonderful few days in Dieppe, so apologies that this post is so brief.… Read More

Plein air painting

Aside from the plain and simple truth of ‘spend more time painting’ – the single most effective thing I could do to improve, is to spend more time painting on location, plein air. Unfortunately my circumstances – primarily work and family commitments – make this difficult. I was however recently inspired to make an extra… Read More

Nothing to lose

Only two weeks before my micro-exhibition and I’m still hoping to produce new works to show! A few weeks ago I posted some small A5 sketches of a cafe view in Paris. I was quite pleased with these sketches and I signed off wondering whether the scene would work at a larger scale. You can… Read More

Humbled by Hockney

This will be a shortish post due to two factors. First off, time has been short so I haven’t had much opportunity for painting. Secondly, I’m still slightly speechless, and for the purposes of this blog wordless, following a visit to the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain. This runs until the end of May and… Read More

Only four weeks to go

The warm glow of my Barcelona vacation is fast being replaced by a cold chill of impending doom! My Open House exhibition at 2 Knoyle Road is only four weeks away and I’m beginning to feel woefully unprepared! I’ve spent the last week organising some new frames but now need to order a lorry load… Read More

Barcelona and back

Since last week’s post about sketching practice, ahead of my Easter vacation, I’ve been to Barcelona but have only just returned, so this will be a mercifully short post as I’m still unpacking let alone painting or writing blog posts! In brief, Barcelona was stunning. An amazing city that in our eight nights, we still only managed… Read More

Sketching practice

Ahead of a little holiday in Barcelona, and thinking about how I’ll make the most of this for my painting in between family time and sight seeing etc, I had a bit of realisation. While I think my painting has come on leaps and bounds over the past year, my sketching… well I don’t really… Read More

There’s nothing like…

..having visitors come around to panic me into a bit of tidying up and housekeeping! And so it is I’d like to welcome my regular guests, but also to extend a warm hand to those new followers that may have come across my blog after it was featured as a WordPress Editors’ Pick on WordPress’s… Read More

Café ‘Aux Tours de Notre Dame’

I had to look this cafe up on google maps’ street view to find out its name as despite taking a lot of photographs here, I didn’t take any that included its name. It’s located on the corner of Notre-Dame, (and is visible, from it’s red awnings, on my recent Notre-Dame efforts). Sadly the light was… Read More