Colonnade cafe, Barcelona watercolour

After enjoying last week’s watercolour painting so much, I was keen to tackle it again but this time to do a colour version. Here are some quick work in progress shots to show how it developed: So far so good. Next up was to start adding in the darks into the shadow areas: At this… Read More

A merry watercolour Christmas to all!

I sincerely hope that anyone reading this is having a wonderful festive season! Personally, I’m a huge fan of Christmas and, historically, start playing my festive tunes quite early in December (so only about two months after the shops start playing theirs!) A perennial favourite, and one that always makes me feel quite humble and,… Read More

A secret santa watercolour

As the title may suggest, I can’t give too much away in this week’s post – at least not until sometime after Christmas day! The subject is the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. I usually work from my own photographs but on this occasion, I’ve had to resort to finding one online. It is, however,… Read More

Rushed watercolour paintings

Precious little time for painting or writing this week! It’s so frustrating when you have such little time to spend pursuing your passion that the limited time itself can become a pressured hindrance. That’s a little bit how it felt for me this week. Here’s my first effort: This was inspired by a visit a… Read More

Cafe watercolour painting – rebooted!

Continuing my current theme of revisiting watercolour paintings that I’ve enjoyed painting previously, here’re two that I painted earlier this year, that I took as the basis for a new painting. The location is a local branch of the Small Batch Coffee company here in Brighton. In the mornings, the light floods in via the… Read More

Barcelona watercolour painting rebooted

A few weeks ago, when I was experiencing one of my periodic / all too frequent watercolour painting dilemmas of: ‘what should I paint? In fact, why do I even bother painting’ – I wondered whether there’d be any value in revisiting some of my favourite paintings from the past to paint them again. If… Read More

Anvil cloud watercolour

Unfinished watercolour business I’m starting this week where I left off last week, with another version of my Manchester tram. As I approached this version, I had a number of goals in mind: A more clearly defined focal point A greater sense of depth and recession To introduce some colour, where I’d previously focused on… Read More

A rusty watercolour painting

A busy week in many ways, even if not entirely for watercolour painting! First up was a visit to the wonderful Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. In recent years, I’ve probably visited this gallery more than any other. I think they’re running an excellent programme of exhibitions, have some great events and workshops for children and… Read More