Woodland watercolour painting

Over the weekend a friend posted a series of photographs on Instagram taken during a woodland walk. It’s funny how an image grabs you one day that might not on another day. On this particular occasion, one of the main appeals was that I needed a subject that I’d be able to sketch out quickly… Read More

Halloween watercolours

Ahead of Halloween, we visited Poynings Pumpkin Patch to buy some pumpkins for carving. The weather was intermittently bright/atrocious and we were fortunate to dodge the worst of the weather but the field was one massive mud bath! When not in fear of falling over, it was great to be able to take in the… Read More

The last days of summer – watercolour painting

This week’s watercolour painting was inspired by a recent trip to the beach. We’d gone to meet some friends at their beach hut and to enjoy a swim in the sea. The water temperature is what can, at best, be described as ‘bracing’ but with a wetsuit, I’m able to enjoy a decent swim. As… Read More

A watercolour departure

I mentioned in last week’s post that I was still awaiting permission to share my recent ‘watercolour departure’ and I’m delighted to report that Sue Harley / @bibababe27 has been in touch and has given me her permission and approval to share these images! Now that the cat’s out of the bag as it where,… Read More

A few more holiday sketches

I know I started last week’s post by professing my love of camping but I had no idea how sorely or how soon this was going to be put to the test! We were hit by the tail end of Storm Ellen and had to endure some torrential rain and some extraordinarily high winds. It… Read More

Strangely strange but oddly normal

First off, I would like to thank everyone that sent such kind, warm and supportive messages following the death of my mum on the 16th April 2020. I really appreciate everyone of them and found the support so incredibly helpful at such a difficult time. The funeral was last Friday, the 24th April. Six people… Read More

Distant horizon watercolour painting

Sold Delighted to begin this week’s post with the good news that this watercolour painting, ‘Sundown on the South Downs’ is now residing happily in its new home.  I received a message last week, completely out of the blue, from someone that saw this painting during my Artists Open House exhibition last May. After ten… Read More

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