A post about a page

Bonjour mes Amis – (and that, rather embarrassingly pretty much exhausts my knowledge of the French language!). Hopefully, as you read this, I’ll be in the Dordogne region of France sheltering in the shade somewhere equidistant between my watercolours and sketchbook and a nice cold drink. More realistically of course I’ll be hot, sweaty and… 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

My customised Frazer Price Palette Box

As an avowed bargain hunter, I take great pleasure in browsing the rich and varied offerings of the local charity shops. Sadly it’s something I rarely have the time or opportunity to do much of these days (which is probably no bad thing!). I did, however, have a few spare moments the other day and… Read More

The Frazer Price Palette Box

Prologue First off, a very warm welcome to the many new followers that have recently signed up to follow my adventures with watercolour. Just so you know what you’ve signed up for, I endeavor to put out a weekly post, normally on a Tuesday and, as the title hopefully suggests, it will usually be about the… Read More

The beginning of something big?

It’s been a slow period of settling back into normality after returning from summer holidays. It’s also been a long time since I put brush to paper with any degree of serious intent and I was feeling quite nervous and apprehensive about how much ground I may have lost during my break. I cycle to… Read More

By popular demand…

…well I say popular, but that may be over-egging it. To be more precise, since my post where to begin with so many firsts which featured my new homemade painting board come paper carrier, I’ve had a few people express their interest in this item. Most recently I’ve been contacted by Helen to see whether I can… Read More

Winsor and Newton Professional Artists’ Field Set

After the fun I had emulating the great Rowland Hilder with the Cotman version of this same field set, I couldn’t wait to get started with the professional set. Sadly, I did have to wait a while as circumstances didn’t permit me to dive straight in so, to whet the appetite, here’s a little gallery… Read More

Ken Bromley’s perfect paper stretcher

As my painting to date has been purely for my own indulgence and entertainment, and that I’d mainly classify everything I do as sketches rather than anything ‘finished’, I’ve never really felt the need to concern myself with stretching my paper. I tend to work on 1/4 imperial or smaller sized sheets of Bockingford 140lbs… Read More

Enamel tin paintbrush holder

My enjoyment and appreciation of all things watercolour extends to the bewildering array of available paraphernalia. Much as I try to restrict myself from adding to my collection of materials and equipment – which I do mainly by reciting various mantras along the lines of: ‘it’s practice that’ll make you a better painter, not another… Read More