New watercolour commission

Through the Artists Open Houses, I have received a new commission from my neighbours. They had originally been interested in one of my Barcelona paintings but, in a fine example of ‘sods’ law’ – the one they were most keen on has already sold. As they were keen to have a painting with which they… Read More

Weekend 2 of the Artists Open Houses

After last week’s somewhat rampant start to the Artists Open Houses (in terms of sales that is!) – the 2nd weekend has been much more sedate. A lot more visitors, matched ironically by far fewer sales. Never the less, having started off last week by displaying the paintings that I’ve sold I feel somehow beholden to… Read More

Artists Open Houses exhibition

Well it’s been a frantic week since my last post but, I’m delighted to report, also an enjoyable and, dare I say, a successful one! The Park Gate Collective had a small and informal private view on Friday evening, to which I didn’t actually invite anyone! Here’s a picture of the calm before the (relative) storm… Read More

My first watercolour exhibition of 2018

Longer term followers may recall that last year I dipped my toe into Brighton’s annual Artists Open Houses bonanza. The Open Houses coincide with Brighton’s main arts festival and the Brighton Fringe Festival – both of which are the largest of their kind in England. The Artists Open Houses run each weekend in May and… Read More

La Placa Reial watercolour paintings

Although I’ve finished my plein-air DIY watercolour project that I previewed last week, I’d really like to you to be able to see it ‘in action’ so I’m going to wait for some more clement weather before I photograph it. In the meantime though, as I couldn’t wait to try out my new set up, here… Read More

Sundown on Brighton seafront

In my recent plein-air post I mentioned that I hoped to do some more paintings of my hometown. During the recent few days of beautiful weather, the time felt right to tackle this view of Brighton seafront. It was based on some photographs that I took recently during a wonderful evening’s walk along the seafront,… Read More

Lisbon in the Rain

After last week’s Paris in the sunshine post, here’s a complete contrast, Lisbon in the rain! The reference photo was taken on the same New Year holiday that my ill-fated Lisbon tram efforts were based and again, I’ve hung on to this for about ten years thinking that one day… it might make a painting… Here’s a… Read More

A bigger, better (?) Barmouth Beach

A few weeks ago I did a painting of Barmouth beach. In the accompanying post The beginning of something big? – I explained that it was my first effort after a few weeks’ holiday and that I’d enjoyed painting it. This original version was done on a quarter imperial sheet of Saunders Waterford and, since completing… Read More

The beginning of something big?

It’s been a slow period of settling back into normality after returning from summer holidays. It’s also been a long time since I put brush to paper with any degree of serious intent and I was feeling quite nervous and apprehensive about how much ground I may have lost during my break. I cycle to… Read More

The sign of a good holiday…

…is when what seemed important in the first week, no longer seems to matter in the second week. And so it was that during the first week of my holiday, I fretted about not getting my weekly post out and potentially breaking a run that’s lasted since January this year (I know this is nothing… Read More