The joy of (watercolour) stretching

While I admit that painting on stretched paper is joyful, I’m still a little shy of investing in special paper stretchers – especially when there’s a more traditional and cheaper alternative. Despite my previous bad experiences of trying to stretch paper, I really don’t like the idea that a piece of paper, some water, a… Read More

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

Witterings’ watercolour

I had reason to trawl back through my photographs the other day in a desperate attempt to win a discussion/argument about where we were, when were we there, and who were we there with, all of which is now clouded in the mists of time (at least in my mind!). Needless to say, I was… Read More

Art imitating medicine…

I know that the more common expression is ‘life imitating art’, or is it ‘art imitating life’? but either way, this is purely a crude device on my part to draw a decidedly tenuous analogy. In the same way that the medical profession seems unable to diagnose the cause of my current physical malaise that… Read More

Big sky watercolour paintings

I travelled north last week on a family visit and packed in the hope I’d be able to get some on location painting done. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. Confined to some indoor painting, and feeling quite lacking in inspiration, I tried to whip up some enthusiasm with a couple of quick A5 sketches:… Read More

Watercolour struggle

As much as I love painting in watercolour – that doesn’t mean it’s something that I find easy or always relaxing. Some paintings come together with an effortlessness that seems to confirm how far you’ve come in your painting. Others, however, are much more of a struggle – as if serving to remind you of how far you’ve still got to go! Read More

Watercolour: ‘Marina di Pietrasanta beach’ after Ian Potts (1936-2014)

I’ve been attracted to Ian Potts’ watercolour painting of ‘Marina di Pietrasanta beach’ since the first time I laid eyes on it. It seemed then a fitting way to try to sign off on my little trilogy of painting like Potts. There are many things that I particularly like about the original painting but mainly,… Read More

‘The Road to Choupeau’ watercolour painting after Ian Potts (1936-2014)

The subject I opted for this week is based on one of a series of paintings he did entitled ‘The Road to Choupeau’. If you’d like to see the original painting however and read a little more about Ian Potts, I found some useful information on a website called VADS, which describes itself ‘The online… Read More

Back to watercolour basics…

After last week’s somewhat disappointing watercolour efforts, I was casting around in a rather directionless fashion when I came across the YouTube channel of watercolour artist Nitin Singh. I was already familiar with his work from following him on Instagram but had no idea about his many YouTube videos and tutorials. I subscribed to his… Read More

From a lightness of touch to a heaviness of hand

Riding on a bit of high after last week’s paintings, I was really excited at the prospect of seeing what might happen next. As Edward Wesson had proved the inspiration for my last painting, he seemed the fitting starting point for my next. Leafing through Barry Miles’ book, Edward Wesson (1910 – 1983) I came… Read More