An even bigger big sky watercolour

First, some bad news… As was hotly predicted, if not wildly anticipated, my submission to this year’s Royal Institute of Painters in Contemporary Water Colour Exhibition 2019 was met with the judges’ disapproval: As disappointing as any rejection notification is, it also feels good to have it out of the way. It’s not that it… Read More

South Downs Watercolour

The deadline for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2019 exhibition was on Friday 4th January. This was the first of a spate of submission deadlines that filled my new year heart with a certain sense of dread. I’d already decided that there were some exhibitions that I wasn’t going to enter this… Read More

A seasonal watercolour

Most years, around about September or October, I start thinking that maybe I should do a seasonal painting of some description that I can print up as Christmas cards. This is partly to save a fortune on cards, and partly because I don’t produce any prints to sell of my paintings, but think that a… 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

Grapes of wrath

I did go through a stage of reading a lot of Steinbeck books many years ago. I particularly recall The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat, however, it’s probably a sign of my advancing years and declining memory that I can’t actually recall many of the details! Should anyone have alighted on this… 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

Plein-air watercolour sketching

I travelled north over the weekend to visit my mum, 93 years young and a totally remarkable woman. On this occasion, I travelled solo which, once I’d done my chores, also afforded me a little time to spend painting. Sadly the weather was a little grey and the light quite flat for the duration of… Read More

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