Can’t see the wood for the tree!

Looking at my offerings for this week’s post, I’m reminded of a definition of stupidity that goes along the lines of: Stupidity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result Now I don’t want to suggest I’m stupid (even if it does sometimes feel that way) but last week I… Read More

Watercolour reflections

It’s been a funny watercolour week. The first part was mainly tying up some loose ends and admin from the Open House. At the weekend I delivered my ‘house portrait’ that I showed last week – and was delighted by its reception! I also felt a little embarrassed to learn that it will be sharing a… Read More

New sword liner watercolour brush

I received a new large-sized sword liner watercolour brush the other day and, in retrospect, think that this must have been in my mind when it came to selecting this week’s inspiration. Here’s a quick snap of my two pro arte sword liner brushes – the larger one being the newest addition. I’ve had the… Read More

Plein-air sketching in Wales

I was away in Wales over the recent bank holiday weekend – ‘surely not another holiday!’ I hear you exclaim! This time we were camping with twenty or so friends and families and I took my sketching kit along more in hope than expectation. We were based in the Brecon Beacons on the river Usk… Read More

Sketching – the perfect tonic!

Carrying on from where I left off last week, I've been really enjoying working in my sketchbooks. Here're a few pages and close-ups of some of my efforts. We only made it back from back from France earlier today, after spending a wonderful few days in Dieppe, so apologies that this post is so brief.… Read More

Holiday reading: Mastering Mood and Atmosphere in Watercolour by Joseph Zbukvic

In an effort to shake off my current watercolour malaise, I’ve brought some inspiration on holiday with me in the form of Joseph Zbukvic’s brilliant book ‘Mastering Mood and Atmosphere in Watercolour’. I find it a wonderfully insightful book, rich with practical advice and examples from one of the best watercolour artists working today. He… Read More

Overcast in St Ives

Toward the end of last week I was catching up on some blogs that I’ve missed of late and came across a new post from the great watercolor artist Edo Hannema. I really enjoy Edo’s posts, partly because I respect and admire his paintings, and partly because he’s so generous with his advice and wisdom… Read More

Town and Country

I left last week’s post broadly satisfied with my sketch of a Notre-Dame side street, although slightly bemoaning that I didn’t think that the sky matched the rest of the painting. This began to niggle me to such a point that I felt I had nothing to lose by trying to correct this. I thought… Read More

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

Paris… and priorities

I had the great pleasure of spending five days in the astonishingly beautiful city of Paris last week – hence the lack of my usual weekly post. As much as part of me wanted to spend my days painting and sketching (and I did travel with all the necessary bits and bobs to spend my… Read More