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

What a wonderful year

  It’s been a real treat to reflect on the past year; my brushes with watercolour have never been so frequent, nor so enjoyable! 2016 started with a wonderful birthday gift of a week’s painting course. This set in motion a train of thought and actions that had no particular end point other than using… Read More