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

First plein-air watercolour of 2018

So rare is the opportunity for me to paint plein-air, that even though the day was cold, overcast and with heavy rain forecast, I had to seize the initiative! It was also a great chance to test out my new plein-air setup, customised from an old Winsor and Newton artist’s case. I had hoped to get some… Read More

More daylight, more watercolours

On the weekend that the clocks here in the UK leapt forward an hour – extending the days and enabling me to put my bike lights into storage until the autumn – it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the extra daylight with some especially daylight filled watercolours: I’ve painted this view before a few times… 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

New sword liner watercolour brush

I received a new large-sized sword liner watercolour brush the other day and, in retrospect, think that this must have been in my mind when it came to selecting this week’s inspiration. Here’s a quick snap of my two pro arte sword liner brushes – the larger one being the newest addition. I’ve had 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

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

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