Watercolour comfort painting

With only nine days to go until the opening of our Park Gate Collective artists open house things are beginning to come together. The weekend was largely spent cutting yet more mounts, getting frames ready and whitewashing walls. I took the measurements for ‘my’ wall and did a quick 1:100 scale mock-up of the space and… Read More

Nothing to lose

Only two weeks before my micro-exhibition and I’m still hoping to produce new works to show! A few weeks ago I posted some small A5 sketches of a cafe view in Paris. I was quite pleased with these sketches and I signed off wondering whether the scene would work at a larger scale. You can… Read More

Humbled by Hockney

This will be a shortish post due to two factors. First off, time has been short so I haven’t had much opportunity for painting. Secondly, I’m still slightly speechless, and for the purposes of this blog wordless, following a visit to the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain. This runs until the end of May and… Read More

Sketching practice

Ahead of a little holiday in Barcelona, and thinking about how I’ll make the most of this for my painting in between family time and sight seeing etc, I had a bit of realisation. While I think my painting has come on leaps and bounds over the past year, my sketching… well I don’t really… Read More

Shades of Grey

Following on from last week’s experiments with new colour mixes for greys and siennas, I was keen to do some more practicing to help build my confidence and proficiency. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d be able to dedicate to painting and I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to tackle a new subject so found… Read More

There’s nothing like…

..having visitors come around to panic me into a bit of tidying up and housekeeping! And so it is I’d like to welcome my regular guests, but also to extend a warm hand to those new followers that may have come across my blog after it was featured as a WordPress Editors’ Pick on WordPress’s… Read More

Café ‘Aux Tours de Notre Dame’

I had to look this cafe up on google maps’ street view to find out its name as despite taking a lot of photographs here, I didn’t take any that included its name. It’s located on the corner of Notre-Dame, (and is visible, from it’s red awnings, on my recent Notre-Dame efforts). Sadly the light was… Read More

If I had a boat…

Before I get onto anything boat related, I first feel beholden to begin where I left off last week, with my trials and travails of painting a scene outside Notre-Dame. To aid comparison I’ve put below the my two efforts, the more recent and looser version first, followed by my first attempt. Despite my best… Read More

Le Notre-Dame Paris

It was the amazing light that attracted me to this scene rather than the cathedral  itself. The cathedral is utterly stunning, but from such a close distance, visually it didn’t really appeal to me as a subject for painting. (And being so close I also wasn’t able to get any decent reference photos!) What did… Read More

A Sunlit Pont Alexandre III. Again. 

The last time I tackled this subject, it resulted in one of my personal favourites of 2016. Already at the back of my mind in 2017 is the need to have a sufficiently strong selection of images ready from for when I exhibit in May. I know that May is still a long time away,… Read More