My first watercolour exhibition of 2018

Longer term followers may recall that last year I dipped my toe into Brighton’s annual Artists Open Houses bonanza. The Open Houses coincide with Brighton’s main arts festival and the Brighton Fringe Festival – both of which are the largest of their kind in England. The Artists Open Houses run each weekend in May and… Read More

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition 2018

And so to London for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It was the opening weekend and, by the time I got there, already thronging with visitors. My visit also coincided with a demonstration by David Poxon RI and it was a real treat to punctuate my viewing of… Read More

Bad watercolour news. Good watercolour news.

It feels as if it’s become some form of cathartic therapy now to pass on my ‘latest bad watercolour news’. I received news last Thursday that my two entries to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition had, after the customary ‘careful consideration by the judges’ been unsuccessful in making it to the next stage of the… Read More

La Placa Reial watercolour paintings

Although I’ve finished my plein-air DIY watercolour project that I previewed last week, I’d really like to you to be able to see it ‘in action’ so I’m going to wait for some more clement weather before I photograph it. In the meantime though, as I couldn’t wait to try out my new set up, here… Read More

Returning to the scene of a Barcelona watercolour

I was wary of returning to the scene of one of my favourite paintings of late, but I hoped that a different composition combined with everything I’ve learnt and experienced since, would be sufficient to make it a worthwhile exercise. As a reminder, here’s my painting of a sunlit café in a Barcelona side street,… Read More

Watercolour painting without fear

Watercolour painting without fear. Well, that was the theory! The other week I spent quite a while painting a view that I’ve tried a few times before, but have yet to feel that I’ve  cracked it. Sadly, this remains to be the case. I reached a point where theoretically, it was about 90% complete, but… Read More

Keeping it local

Keeping with my watercolour paintings of local views, this week’s subject is St. John the Baptist Church on Palmeira Square, Hove. It’s about five minutes from where I live and, as a subject, it’s probably one that I’ve photographed more than any other but never with the light in the right place for me to… Read More

A watercolour tribute to Edward Seago, and something close to home…

First up this week is a tribute to one of my all-time watercolour heroes: Edward Seago (31 March 1910 – 19 January 1974). It was seeing the work of Edward Seago that inspired me to pick up my brushes again. It was Seago’s watercolours that, to me, exemplified the brilliance of watercolour, its immediacy, subtlety… Read More

100% of watercolour Wednesdays

I sincerely hope that anyone reading this is doing so having had a wonderful christmas – by whatever criteria that may be for your own idea of a perfect Christmas! For me, my perfection was spending some quality, uninterrupted and unpressurised time with my loved ones. And with that peace, contentment and relaxation, also came… Read More

Same watercolour view, different watercolour paper

After my mixed feelings about last week’s painting, I was keen to see if I could rectify some of the most niggling elements. Here’s last week’s version of my sunlit Barcelona street scene as a reminder: I was also keen to do a compare and contrast with the new supply of Arches 300gsm rough watercolour… Read More