A wonderful watercolour feeling

Heart Research UK’s ‘Anonymous HeART’ fundraising auction came to an end at 9pm on Sunday 11th November. I’d been following the auction closely – especially my own watercolour submissions – as I was really keen to see how much they might raise to support such a great cause. As the auction was anonymous, this is… Read More

A surprise watercolour shortlisting!

Worthing Open 2018 Friday 2nd November was the Private View of the Worthing Open 18 exhibition. I was already in a good mood having spent a lovely day enjoying the delights of Worthing with my daughter who was still on half-term holiday. This good mood was bolstered even more when, on arrival at the exhibition… Read More

More watercolour news, less watercolour painting!

Some posts feel like they’re chock-full of watercolour painting with some other bits of news chucked in, and some feel like they’re all news with only a little bit of painting, perhaps just for some colour! This week’s post feels a bit more like the latter! As I’m much more interested in watercolour painting than… Read More

News hot off the watercolour press

I’m posting this out a little later than I often do on a Wednesday as I wanted to include the outcome of my latest exhibition entries to the Worthing Open 18 which were only announced today. The results I submitted the maximum number of works permissible, which was three and, from a cursory glance at… Read More

Plein air watercolour painting in St James’s Park, London

Morning plein air painting A much anticipated day of plein air watercolour painting in St James’s Park London got off to glorious start when the sun came out to play! It really was a most beautiful day. Participants in the British Plein Air Society’s paint out event were invited to congregate at the Café Inn… Read More

Brighton train station, and a watercolour rite of passage

First, a post script Before moving on to the main substance of today’s post, first a little post-script to last week’s post where the response by some – including myself I must confess – was to question ‘where’s the roof’?  After being presented with a couple of options, one being to paint the roof, the other… 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

Plein air watercolour painting

I had a rare opportunity this weekend to get some plein air watercolour painting in!Long before I was gripped by watercolour painting, my affinity with water was mainly to swim in it! While this started out in various pools, my preference developed towards the sea, lakes, rivers and even disused quarries. Almost a year ago,… Read More

A return to (watercolour) form?

Some of you may recall from last week’s post that, in the true tradition of poor artists, crafts or tradespeople, I was placing the blame of my recent frustrations firmly on my choice of paper. I was pleased then to receive a new supply of Saunders Waterford. In the past I’ve used the ‘regular Saunders… Read More

Sketching back to happiness…

As some readers may have noticed, in recent week’s my metaphorical painting head has dropped a little bit as I’ve struggled to find my form. My paintings have felt more like a struggle in which I’ve been battling against paint, paper and brushes rather than me working harmoniously with them. As the last time I… Read More