Sussex hay bales (II) watercolour painting

As I so enjoyed the painting I did last week, I thought I’d stay with familiar hay bales territory for my next watercolour. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how I could have stayed any closer without painting exactly the same view again. The view for this new painting was from exactly the same spot… Read More

Sussex hay bales watercolour painting

After what seems like an age, I finally managed to tear myself away from my sketchbook and return to something a little larger. I had on a shelf a piece of paper I’d already stretched. It had been there since well before my back went – so a good six weeks or so. When I… Read More

Bed legs watercolour sketches

I’m not sure why, but I’m currently feeling more pressed for time to spend watercolour painting than for a long time. It would seem that at the height of lockdown, when many others were baking and catching up on long overdue DIY jobs, I spent more time painting than ever before. Now, as life is… Read More

What a difference a mount makes

I hit a little bit of in impasse this week. Nothing too dramatic but one upshot was that I found myself quite lacking in inspiration and motivation for painting! A lot of this was due to external factors such as the new start of term and the inevitable new school timetables, drop off times, pick… Read More

Devil-may-care watercolour sketches

I’m so enjoying my sketchbook work that I can’t quite seem to tear myself away from it! So far, I’ve been painting on both sides of every page in this sketchbook, and have only just passed the halfway mark in it! I’ve been immensely flattered by requests to buy some of these sketches so I’m… Read More

More watercolour sketches

I’m pleased to report that my recovery from being laid up with back pain continues apace, to the extent that I’ve now been able to return to work. This is great news, though I’m still having to be extra careful and am spending most of my days standing at my desk rather than sitting at… Read More

Yet more sketches from the sick bed!

I’m so pleased to report that since last week, my back seems to be recovering in leaps and bounds. Sadly, this analogy is purely symbolic; I fear that actual leaps and bounds may still be some way off! This post is, I’m afraid, a straightforward sequel to last week’s series of sickbed sketches – although… Read More

Bad back watercolour painting!

Hopefully, by the time you read this, I’ll be experiencing a delightful change of scenery somewhere in Kent. I say ‘hopefully’ because soon after last week’s post, I severely put my back out and have been rendered pretty much immobile. Getting a car packed up with a tent that I can barely lift when I’m… Read More

Rejuvenating watercolour paintings

After last week’s rather downbeat post, I was stumbling around the internet in a rather absent minded fashion when I came across Stephen Berry’s excellent blog and website, Seamless Expression. This wasn’t the first time I’ve spent time on this blog, but on this occasion it seemed particularly prescient. I spent a good amount of… Read More