Flowers in watercolour

At the beginning of October it was a particularly significant birthday for the most significant person in my life! In these restricted times – it’s meant that the celebrations are being eked out over many weeks, which is proving to be a real treat for all concerned. It’s nice to have so many things to… Read More

The last days of summer – watercolour painting

This week’s watercolour painting was inspired by a recent trip to the beach. We’d gone to meet some friends at their beach hut and to enjoy a swim in the sea. The water temperature is what can, at best, be described as ‘bracing’ but with a wetsuit, I’m able to enjoy a decent swim. As… Read More

A watercolour departure

I mentioned in last week’s post that I was still awaiting permission to share my recent ‘watercolour departure’ and I’m delighted to report that Sue Harley / @bibababe27 has been in touch and has given me her permission and approval to share these images! Now that the cat’s out of the bag as it where,… Read More

Barcelona alleyway watercolour

After finding last week’s Bartender subject matter in my Barcelona library, I continued to look for any other previously overlooked gems. The one that stood out for me on this occasion did so for two reasons. First, I really liked the quite graphic composition of it, formed by lots of uprights and strong light and… Read More

A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel

After some of the kind advice and suggestions I received last week – for which I’m most grateful – I came very close to not painting or posting anything at all this week. In the end, however, I just couldn’t help myself! I’d had something sketched out on a board for a week or so… Read More

A few more holiday sketches

I know I started last week’s post by professing my love of camping but I had no idea how sorely or how soon this was going to be put to the test! We were hit by the tail end of Storm Ellen and had to endure some torrential rain and some extraordinarily high winds. It… Read More

Gone camping

I bloomin’ love camping! It’s always such a refreshing change of pace to the regular day to day. This week’s post will be unapologetically brief for three reasons: I’m on holiday I have very poor reception on my phone I have very little to share From a practical watercolour painting perspective the most exciting development… Read More

That holiday feeling…

Like most I suspect, our 2020 holiday plans have already been thrown into disarray. Earlier in the year our much anticipated trip to Valencia was cancelled, as was my masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet, and our regular camping jaunt to France has also had to fall by the wayside. This isn’t to say that I’m not… Read More

A trip down memory lane

Apologies in advance for this nostalgic and slightly self-indulgent post. I hope you’ll allow me to explain? Blasts from the past Follow the passing of my mum back in April I’ve been gradually working on the arrangements for mum’s estate. Her bungalow will shortly be put on the market and, last weekend, I spent some… Read More