Half-hearted watercolour paintings

I don’t mind confessing that I’m finding my painting a bit of a struggle at the moment. This isn’t something new. In fact it’s pretty much an annual occurrence at this time of year. I know that a significant factor is my work, which is almost all-consuming at the moment. I’m also craving a break… Read More

Watercolour painting and footballing waiting

Last week’s post, about my ‘watercolour homework’ was posted just before England kicked off in their European Cup semi-final match with Denmark. Since then, it feels like much of my time has been spent just waiting. I did, however, manage to make some good use of the waiting. I now have four finished works that… Read More

Watercolour homework

Is there anyone else out there that still has recurring dreams and memories about how little revision you’d done come the morning of your exam? As I’ve become a lot older, but only marginally wiser, I am generally better at managing my time but, truth be told, I’m still prone to a little bit of… Read More

‘Sunshine on the Southbank II’ watercolour painting

I so enjoyed painting this view last week that I felt it merited another go but this time larger, so this is a half imperial sized painting from a slightly different angle: I was quite pleased with how this turned out. My aim with the different angle was to help maintain the viewer’s focus on… Read More

‘Divine Light’ watercolour painting

First up today is the larger half sheet painting based on the smaller study that I shared last week: This is my second half imperial sized painting in recent weeks and it does feel really good to be painting at a larger scale again. I think over the past 18 months or so when I’ve… Read More

Watercolour painting conspiracy!

Recent events seemed to be conspiring against me having much to show this week! Between a painting that I’m waiting on permission from a copyright holder before I can share, a commission that I’m sworn to secrecy on, and spending a few days holidaying in London – I have precious little to share this week!… Read More

East 42nd Street, New York, watercolour painting

This week’s watercolour paintings continue my recent forays into pencil free studies and also mark a welcome return to ‘painting bigger’! These first two studies were done on the backs of some previous failures. I already had in mind the scene that I wanted to paint and had spent some time studying it before I… Read More

New watercolour paintings and a new brush!

Last weekend was a bank holiday in the UK, which meant we had a most welcome extra day of leisure time! Sometimes, one of the many upsides of such events is that I’m able to spend a little more time painting. The downside every time, however, is that I always have less time to spend… Read More

‘Dog with a bone’ watercolour paintings

“Like a dog with a bone” (Definition: Stubborn; persistent; relentless; dogged) This familiar expression is, perhaps, how I can best describe my past week’s watercolour paintings. If I were to be even less generous, I think expressions like ‘flogging a dead horse’ and words like ‘obsessive and compulsive’ would top my list! Things actually kicked… Read More