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

Bartender, watercolour

After quite a few weeks of feeling a little ‘meh’ about my watercolour painting, it’s so nice to post something and feel a little more upbeat! In search of inspiration I returned to my Barcelona album. It’s an album that’s been well trawled in the past but we had such a fabulous time there I… Read More

Colonnade cafe, Barcelona watercolour

After enjoying last week’s watercolour painting so much, I was keen to tackle it again but this time to do a colour version. Here are some quick work in progress shots to show how it developed: So far so good. Next up was to start adding in the darks into the shadow areas: At this… Read More

Alvaro Castagnet watercolour masterclass

Well I’m just going to launch straight in with the big news of the week, which is that in a most surprising turn of events I find myself booked on to a two-day masterclass in May with the world-renowned watercolour artist Alvaro Castagnet! It was my birthday over the weekend, something that usually receives no… Read More

Barcelona watercolour painting rebooted

A few weeks ago, when I was experiencing one of my periodic / all too frequent watercolour painting dilemmas of: ‘what should I paint? In fact, why do I even bother painting’ – I wondered whether there’d be any value in revisiting some of my favourite paintings from the past to paint them again. If… Read More

A return to (watercolour) form?

Some of you may recall from last week’s post that, in the true tradition of poor artists, crafts or tradespeople, I was placing the blame of my recent frustrations firmly on my choice of paper. I was pleased then to receive a new supply of Saunders Waterford. In the past I’ve used the ‘regular Saunders… 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

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition 2018

And so to London for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It was the opening weekend and, by the time I got there, already thronging with visitors. My visit also coincided with a demonstration by David Poxon RI and it was a real treat to punctuate my viewing of… Read More

More daylight, more watercolours

On the weekend that the clocks here in the UK leapt forward an hour – extending the days and enabling me to put my bike lights into storage until the autumn – it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the extra daylight with some especially daylight filled watercolours: I’ve painted this view before a few times… Read More

Bad watercolour news. Good watercolour news.

It feels as if it’s become some form of cathartic therapy now to pass on my ‘latest bad watercolour news’. I received news last Thursday that my two entries to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition had, after the customary ‘careful consideration by the judges’ been unsuccessful in making it to the next stage of the… Read More