Bright Day in Dieppe

As predicted in last week’s post, time is proving a most valuable and hard to come by asset! Despite an entire week passing, I’ve only had time to watch about half of one of the three DVDs that I got for Christmas. I decided to start with the Herman Pekel DVD. I’ve seen Herman paint… Read More

Look what Santa brought!

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Year break and that you’re all faring much better than I am so far in 2017. Here’s how I’m feeling:  “Arrrgghhh – I can’t believe that we’re only four days in to 2017 and I’m already feeling overwhelmed at how far… Read More

Mending the nets (or 241!)

My holiday photos from La Continiere are proving to be a rich source of reference material. As well as my recent paintings of the boats in dry dock (of which you can see the rear of one in this photo), I was drawn to this image below. I can still vividly recall taking this picture. I… Read More

Better to paint something than nothing…

It’s been one of those weeks when work and life has made painting quite difficult. So with the little time I had to spare, and after last week’s Wesson-esque success – I settled on one of his many deceptively simple scenes. I liked it because of its simplicity and because I thought I would have… Read More

Only two months to go!!

With only two months to go now until my course with watercolour artist and Edward Wesson expert Steve Hall, the mounting anticipation and excitement is palpable! So, with Wesson much on my mind, especially following the recent anniversary of his birth, it was without surprise that I found myself drawn to another of his paintings.… Read More

Joseph Zbukvic’s Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolour DVD

After having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the Joseph Zbukvic masterclass on ‘Colour in your life’ I decided to take the plunge and invest in one of his DVDs. I was keen to pick up the DVD entitled ‘Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolour’ as it shares a similar title to his book Mastering Atmosphere and Mood… Read More

Rowland Hilder watercolour exercise

With the nights drawing in, and the weather at weekends leaning towards winter, my opportunities for painting outdoors are becoming increasingly rare. It seems like a good time then to turn my efforts to learning from my betters and, for this first exercise of what I hope will develop into a series, I sought out… Read More