Bright day Barcelona in watercolour

I promised a change of scene in my last post but I must confess to only achieving half of that promise. I did manage to leave behind Dieppe for a while, opting instead to move back to Barcelona. I was, however, unable to shake my rapidly developing obsession with sun shades! I like to think… 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

Plein air painting

Aside from the plain and simple truth of ‘spend more time painting’ – the single most effective thing I could do to improve, is to spend more time painting on location, plein air. Unfortunately my circumstances – primarily work and family commitments – make this difficult. I was however recently inspired to make an extra… Read More

A Sunlit Pont Alexandre III. Again. 

The last time I tackled this subject, it resulted in one of my personal favourites of 2016. Already at the back of my mind in 2017 is the need to have a sufficiently strong selection of images ready from for when I exhibit in May. I know that May is still a long time away,… Read More

Bright Day in Dieppe

As predicted in last week’s post, time is proving a most valuable and hard to come by asset! Despite an entire week passing, I’ve only had time to watch about half of one of the three DVDs that I got for Christmas. I decided to start with the Herman Pekel DVD. I’ve seen Herman paint… Read More

Paris in the sunshine

Following our recent Paris trip, I’ve been itching to have a go at one scene in particular. The  sun shined only very briefly during the five days we were there, and it was on this particular occasion that we happened to be crossing the majestic Pont Alexandre III bridge in the heart of Paris. The… Read More