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

Swings and Roundabouts 

After last week’s slightly underwhelming effort of this scene of the old Bathhouse (and now a café) on Barmouth Beach, I was keen to put all that I’d learned from the experience, and from your feedback, into a new painting. As a refresher, here’s my painting from last week: And here’s what I had in… Read More

Some you win… some you lose…

In last week’s post I mentioned that I had a work in progress but couldn’t tell if it was progressing towards a mount, a frame and onto the wall, or straight to the bin? Well, after spending a bit more time on it over the weekend, I can confirm that it’s heading for the bin…… Read More

A bigger, better (?) Barmouth Beach

A few weeks ago I did a painting of Barmouth beach. In the accompanying post The beginning of something big? – I explained that it was my first effort after a few weeks’ holiday and that I’d enjoyed painting it. This original version was done on a quarter imperial sheet of Saunders Waterford and, since completing… Read More

Mending the nets (or 241!)

My holiday photos from La Continiere are proving to be a rich source of reference material. As well as my recent paintings of the boats in dry dock (of which you can see the rear of one in this photo), I was drawn to this image below. I can still vividly recall taking this picture. I… Read More

Flying solo

After last week’s post, I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I felt so pleased and almost elated with my painting. For all its merits, it’s certainly not one of my greatest achievements. There was definitely a sense of relief that I was still able to hold a brush after my short break, but… Read More

The beginning of something big?

It’s been a slow period of settling back into normality after returning from summer holidays. It’s also been a long time since I put brush to paper with any degree of serious intent and I was feeling quite nervous and apprehensive about how much ground I may have lost during my break. I cycle to… Read More