It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas…

After last week’s rather tight (and in retrospect, mildy frustrating efforts) I felt the need to purposefully seek out something a little more free, loose and liberating. And also to try to refocus on what I most love about the medium. I think my last few paintings have been trying to control and often fight with… Read More

Keeping it clean to make it muddy

On my recent watercolour week with artist Steve Hall, I painted the image below at Dell Quay near Chichester: The painting didn’t do the scene any justice at all, but it did raise a few points that I thought were worthy of note, and of returning to. I greatly simplified the image above, but not… Read More

Notes to self following a fabulous week of painting

Well, after six month’s of mounting anticipation and fevered practicing – my week of painting with artist and Edward Wesson expert Steve Hall finally arrived. My first ever course of this kind, I was excited and apprehensive. And now, looking back, I’m finding it difficult to condense the experience into a single post. What I… Read More

Bad days at the easel

I’m familiar with having ‘bad days at the office’, so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised that I also have bad days at the easel. This week has been just such an example. I’ve started quite a few paintings and even some sketches to join in the World Watercolour Month celebrations and they’ve all,… Read More

Better to paint something than nothing…

It’s been one of those weeks when work and life has made painting quite difficult. So with the little time I had to spare, and after last week’s Wesson-esque success – I settled on one of his many deceptively simple scenes. I liked it because of its simplicity and because I thought I would have… Read More

Only two months to go!!

With only two months to go now until my course with watercolour artist and Edward Wesson expert Steve Hall, the mounting anticipation and excitement is palpable! So, with Wesson much on my mind, especially following the recent anniversary of his birth, it was without surprise that I found myself drawn to another of his paintings.… Read More

So much to say…

…and so little time to say it in! This is one of those weeks when I’ve managed to squeeze in some time for painting but left so little time for writing about it, so apologies in advance for the brevity of this post. (Although I’m sure that this will come as an absolute blessing to… Read More

Oh the joy…

After reaching some kind of satisfactory conclusion to my mum’s birthday present dilemma, I felt a tremendous sense of unburdened freedom as I sought out my next subject. So it was without any surprise that I found myself pouring over my favourite Edward Seago book for inspiration. It was however a complete surprise (and, in… Read More

Where to begin with so many firsts?

With so many ‘firsts’ to relate – I’m not entirely sure where to begin. I feel I should probably begin with an apology (certainly not my first and definitely not my last!). In last week’s post, I said my next entry would focus on taking an oil painting, doing a preparatory tonal sketch then putting… Read More