The absence of friends – watercolour painting

This watercolour painting is based on the interior of one of my local pubs, The Good Companions: This feels like a deeply ironic name for a pub at a time when venues like this are strictly off limits! In the debate of what came first, the chicken or the egg, I don’t know if it… Read More

West Street, Brighton, Watercolour

Bit strapped for painting time this week as I continue to settle into the complicated new patterns of this complicated new year. My partner and I are both trying to work full time from home whilst also trying to home school our daughter. It’s a situation we never wished to find ourselves in again after… Read More

Winter light, watercolour

This week’s watercolour painting was based on a scene that I saw the day before Christmas Eve. I was taking a less well trodden path into Brighton to do a few last minute festive errands. As I nipped down a road that runs behind St. Nicholas Church the afternoon sun was glinting off the sea,… Read More

A watercolour commission

Back in September, I was delighted to receive an email via my website inquiring whether this painting was for sale: I replied pretty much straight away to say thait yes, it was for sale but I just needed to locate it first. I have an accurate record of my sales and was 99% certain that… 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

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

Distant horizon watercolour painting

Sold Delighted to begin this week’s post with the good news that this watercolour painting, ‘Sundown on the South Downs’ is now residing happily in its new home.  I received a message last week, completely out of the blue, from someone that saw this painting during my Artists Open House exhibition last May. After ten… Read More

Watercolour painter walks into a bar…

If this sounds like the beginning of a particularly poor joke, I fear it may be one at my own expense… …impoverished watercolour painter walks into a swanky restaurant. Sits at the bar. Orders a coffee. Finishes coffee. Orders the bill. Whhaatttt!! Surely somebody somewhere must be joking! £4.44 for a coffee!? The longer story… Read More

Anvil cloud watercolour

Unfinished watercolour business I’m starting this week where I left off last week, with another version of my Manchester tram. As I approached this version, I had a number of goals in mind: A more clearly defined focal point A greater sense of depth and recession To introduce some colour, where I’d previously focused on… Read More

Watercolour painting from scratch (again!)

In chronological order, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained since last week’s post! In an attempt to break away from my recent reliance on Rowland Hilder – I decided to force myself to focus on some of the reference material I got in France this year. I wasn’t as prolific or inspired by what I… Read More