An even bigger big sky watercolour

First, some bad news… As was hotly predicted, if not wildly anticipated, my submission to this year’s Royal Institute of Painters in Contemporary Water Colour Exhibition 2019 was met with the judges’ disapproval: As disappointing as any rejection notification is, it also feels good to have it out of the way. It’s not that it… 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

New watercolour paintings from a new watercolour palette!

This week’s watercolour paintings are a couple of ‘amuse-bouche’ ahead of the main course post to introduce my latest watercolour palette, which I feel merits some dedicated attention! Without wishing to spoil that post, I feel I can’t continue without at least alluding to my latest indulgence, as it has played such an instrumental role… Read More

A wonderful watercolour feeling

Heart Research UK’s ‘Anonymous HeART’ fundraising auction came to an end at 9pm on Sunday 11th November. I’d been following the auction closely – especially my own watercolour submissions – as I was really keen to see how much they might raise to support such a great cause. As the auction was anonymous, this is… Read More

A surprise watercolour shortlisting!

Worthing Open 2018 Friday 2nd November was the Private View of the Worthing Open 18 exhibition. I was already in a good mood having spent a lovely day enjoying the delights of Worthing with my daughter who was still on half-term holiday. This good mood was bolstered even more when, on arrival at the exhibition… Read More

More watercolour news, less watercolour painting!

Some posts feel like they’re chock-full of watercolour painting with some other bits of news chucked in, and some feel like they’re all news with only a little bit of painting, perhaps just for some colour! This week’s post feels a bit more like the latter! As I’m much more interested in watercolour painting than… Read More

News hot off the watercolour press

I’m posting this out a little later than I often do on a Wednesday as I wanted to include the outcome of my latest exhibition entries to the Worthing Open 18 which were only announced today. The results I submitted the maximum number of works permissible, which was three and, from a cursory glance at… Read More

Plein air watercolour painting in St James’s Park, London

Morning plein air painting A much anticipated day of plein air watercolour painting in St James’s Park London got off to glorious start when the sun came out to play! It really was a most beautiful day. Participants in the British Plein Air Society’s paint out event were invited to congregate at the Café Inn… Read More

Grapes of wrath

I did go through a stage of reading a lot of Steinbeck books many years ago. I particularly recall The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat, however, it’s probably a sign of my advancing years and declining memory that I can’t actually recall many of the details! Should anyone have alighted on this… Read More