Venice fish market watercolour, in triplicate

There are some subjects that just seem to attract watercolour artists, and I think the fish market in Venice is one of them. Off the top of my head I can vividly recall paintings set here by Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, Keiko Tanabe and Gary Tucker to name only a few. Often, if you’re anything… Read More

A watercolour challenge

This week’s post is inspired by a recent challenge that watercolour artist Jem Bowden issued to the followers of his blog/e-newsletter. As many readers will be aware, I’m a tremendous admirer of Jem’s work and really enjoy and learn from his updates and videos. You can see more of Jem’s work on Instagram, YouTube and… Read More

See my watercolour interview and demo

On Saturday 16th May I did my first ever Instagram live interview and watercolour painting demonstration! Here’s how it looked on screen with Philippa (aka @5ftinf) and I deep in conversation! For better of for worse – you can still see the entire interview and demo on Philippa’s IGTV channel. View this post on Instagram… Read More

When one watercolour door closes, another one opens

Before Covid-19… … I was due to be heading to Cambridge this weekend for my Alvaro Castagnet Masterclass workshop. This was booked back in January and I’d been so looking forward to it. As the saying goes however, the writing was on the wall some time ago. I resigned myself to it being cancelled long… Read More

A kitchen sink watercolour

My recent trip north to attend my mum’s funeral was originally intended to last no longer that four or five days at most. Once there however, it just seemed to be the ‘right place’ to be. It also felt that to stay there, to be surrounded by mum’s belongings, by all the decisions she’d made… Read More

Strangely strange but oddly normal

First off, I would like to thank everyone that sent such kind, warm and supportive messages following the death of my mum on the 16th April 2020. I really appreciate everyone of them and found the support so incredibly helpful at such a difficult time. The funeral was last Friday, the 24th April. Six people… Read More

Watercolour paintings in pairs

Looking on the plus side, had I been on holiday in Valencia this past week, I wouldn’t have been able to do as much painting as I have during my enforced staycation! That said, the time I have for painting still feels like snatched moments in between trying to keep an energetic young child entertained!… Read More

Palm trees watercolour

As we were due to be in Valencia this week – it seems appropriate to post something Spanish. I can’t quite recall what set this particular thought pattern in motion – sometimes things just call out to you – on this occasion, it was palm trees. I started off my research with one of my… Read More

Contrasting watercolour paintings

This first offering is a combination of last week’s John Yardley diversion and having spent time at my mother’s house while visiting her in hospital. This study is a view of mum’s red chair. I tried to paint this view in my own style but with an obvious nod to John Yardley. I can’t say… Read More