Watercolour struggle

As much as I love painting in watercolour – that doesn’t mean it’s something that I find easy or always relaxing. Some paintings come together with an effortlessness that seems to confirm how far you’ve come in your painting. Others, however, are much more of a struggle – as if serving to remind you of how far you’ve still got to go! Read More

Happy in Hastings watercolour sketches

After spending so much time recently in the company of Ian Potts’s paintings, I was keen to break away from them even though I wasn’t feeling especially inspired to paint anything of my own! I did however recently have some beautiful weather for my bike ride to work and took off across a field to… Read More

Watercolour: ‘Marina di Pietrasanta beach’ after Ian Potts (1936-2014)

I’ve been attracted to Ian Potts’ watercolour painting of ‘Marina di Pietrasanta beach’ since the first time I laid eyes on it. It seemed then a fitting way to try to sign off on my little trilogy of painting like Potts. There are many things that I particularly like about the original painting but mainly,… Read More

From a lightness of touch to a heaviness of hand

Riding on a bit of high after last week’s paintings, I was really excited at the prospect of seeing what might happen next. As Edward Wesson had proved the inspiration for my last painting, he seemed the fitting starting point for my next. Leafing through Barry Miles’ book, Edward Wesson (1910 – 1983) I came… Read More

A busy watercolour week!

After last week’s painting of the view from the top of Firle Beacon, I was reminded of a painting that I’d seen looking towards Firle Beacon. This set me off in a little quest which fortunately didn’t take me too long to complete! I found in Peter Slade’s book on Edward Wesson, ‘Honesty in Art’… Read More

South Downs Watercolour

The deadline for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2019 exhibition was on Friday 4th January. This was the first of a spate of submission deadlines that filled my new year heart with a certain sense of dread. I’d already decided that there were some exhibitions that I wasn’t going to enter this… Read More

Watercolour deja-vu…

Happy New Year to one and all. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season and that you’re all looking forward to whatever lies ahead in 2019! For me, it’s either my rapidly advancing years or the fact I’ve been having such fun in 2018 but this first post of another New Year seems… Read More

A watercolour jigsaw puzzle

I hope that everyone’s enjoying the festive season and managing to spend time with loved ones and to find the time to do the things you love too! I’ll keep this brief because it is Boxing Day and I’m sure that we all have things we’d rather be doing that reading (and writing) blog posts!… Read More

A seasonal watercolour

Most years, around about September or October, I start thinking that maybe I should do a seasonal painting of some description that I can print up as Christmas cards. This is partly to save a fortune on cards, and partly because I don’t produce any prints to sell of my paintings, but think that a… Read More