Step by step watercolour paintings

This week’s efforts begin just a short distance from where last week’s watercolour left off. For this view, I’m still on the Mawddach estuary in Snowdonia, Wales, but this time much nearer to the mouth of the estuary. My reference photo for this view was actually taken from the foot and rail bridge that links the south… 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

Market Day, Perigueux

Following on from last week’s necessity to have a portrait format half imperial sized painting for my Artists Open House exhibition, here’s another effort. The view is looking towards the market square in the French town of Perigueux in the Dordogne which we visited when on holiday last year. While I like many aspects of… Read More

New watercolour paintings from a new watercolour palette!

This week’s watercolour paintings are a couple of ‘amuse-bouche’ ahead of the main course post to introduce my latest watercolour palette, which I feel merits some dedicated attention! Without wishing to spoil that post, I feel I can’t continue without at least alluding to my latest indulgence, as it has played such an instrumental role… Read More

So much to paint, so little time to paint in

Sometimes we all have to accept that there just isn’t enough time in a day or even a week to do everything we might want to do. Especially when you’re already having to fit what you might want to do around your many other responsibilities! That’s pretty much how I felt this past week when… Read More

From watercolour sketch to watercolour painting

After returning from holiday with an almost a full sketchbook I was really looking forward to turning some of them into larger paintings. I decided to start on a painting based on this sketch, which I’d notionally titled ‘A train runs through it.’ I was pleased with this sketch, in particular, I really liked the… Read More

Watercolour sketches from France

In last week’s brief post from France, I mentioned the mixed blessings of the remoteness of our location and its consequent lack of phone signals or wi-fi and such like. Here’s a very quick video that I hope might give some flavour of the splendour of the location, and also why getting a signal was… Read More

Watercolour post(card) from Perigueux, France

Our campsite is idyllically situated in a forest within a national park. This is wonderful for so many reasons, however access to wi-fi or indeed any form of signal isn’t one of them! Consequently, this post(card) will be very brief and along the lines of ‘having a great time, weather beautiful, wish you were here!’… Read More

Cropping a watercolour from the jaws of disaster!

After last week’s effort, I was keen to tackle the same view again but to iron out some of the creases while replicating all of my favourite elements: My main aim was to introduce a little more subtlety, in particular to the buildings on the right. When I started to draw this out again, I… Read More