‘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

DIY and plein air watercolour painting

It was great to have the opportunity over Easter to combine a bit of DIY with some watercolour painting! A while ago, I picked up a new easel the the express intention of dismantling it and using it to make a customisation to my existing plein air set up. Here’s the easel I bought: I… Read More

Market day watercolour – Perigueux, France

I can’t say for certain, but I think it’s highly possible that the small town of Perigueux, in the Dordogne region of France, is becoming my most painted town! I think it was back in 2017 whilst on our annual camping trip that we spent a day in this delightful town, that has proved to… Read More

St James’s Park watercolour

Yet another trawl through the photography archives led me back to a wonderful day of plein air watercolour painting in October 2018. The occasion was an open to all – and free to all – plein air painting event organised by the British Plein Air Society. The venue was St James’s Park London – a… Read More

One ‘how to watercolour’ – and one ‘how not to watercolour’

This is by no means a definitive ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ paint in watercolour, but it just so happens that I painted these two paintings on consecutive days. Despite there being so little time between the two paintings, they are nevertheless worlds apart. I deliberated long and hard about whether to share the… Read More