Artists Open Houses exhibition

Well it’s been a frantic week since my last post but, I’m delighted to report, also an enjoyable and, dare I say, a successful one! The Park Gate Collective had a small and informal private view on Friday evening, to which I didn’t actually invite anyone! Here’s a picture of the calm before the (relative) storm… Read More

Constructive watercolour criticism

I felt increasingly disappointed about my most recent efforts after posting last week’s blog post. I did, however, receive some well-considered, constructive and encouraging comments that really stuck with me. Initially, all I wanted to do was to move on and forget this subject. The more I mulled over the comments I’d received though, the more… Read More

Keeping it local

Keeping with my watercolour paintings of local views, this week’s subject is St. John the Baptist Church on Palmeira Square, Hove. It’s about five minutes from where I live and, as a subject, it’s probably one that I’ve photographed more than any other but never with the light in the right place for me to… Read More

A watercolour tribute to Edward Seago, and something close to home…

First up this week is a tribute to one of my all-time watercolour heroes: Edward Seago (31 March 1910 – 19 January 1974). It was seeing the work of Edward Seago that inspired me to pick up my brushes again. It was Seago’s watercolours that, to me, exemplified the brilliance of watercolour, its immediacy, subtlety… Read More

All the fun of the (art) fair

Sunday 9th July saw the 6th annual Brunswick Square Art Fair – a celebration of the local community’s creativity. I visited this event last year and had tentatively earmarked it as a future possibility. As I’d done so much mounting and framing for my recent open house exhibition, it made sense to grasp another opportunity… 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