Watercolour sketches from France

In last week’s brief post from France, I mentioned the mixed blessings of the remoteness of our location and its consequent lack of phone signals or wi-fi and such like. Here’s a very quick video that I hope might give some flavour of the splendour of the location, and also why getting a signal was… Read More

Plein air painting

Aside from the plain and simple truth of ‘spend more time painting’ – the single most effective thing I could do to improve, is to spend more time painting on location, plein air. Unfortunately my circumstances – primarily work and family commitments – make this difficult. I was however recently inspired to make an extra… Read More

The calm after the storm

After a tumultuolsy busy few weeks preparing for last weekend’s artists open house exhibition at 2 Knoyle Road, I find myself nigh on wordless – so I’m relying on the old adage of a picture been worth a 1,000 words and throwing a stack of them into this post! The weekend got off to a… Read More

Keeping it clean to make it muddy

On my recent watercolour week with artist Steve Hall, I painted the image below at Dell Quay near Chichester: The painting didn’t do the scene any justice at all, but it did raise a few points that I thought were worthy of note, and of returning to. I greatly simplified the image above, but not… Read More

First the feast, then the famine

I’m not getting all overly allegorical or anything but, after spending a wonderful week painting solidly, I’ve barely had the chance to pick up a paintbrush since. All of the marvelous painting momentum I was keen to maintain has, instead, nigh on ground to a halt. This has without a doubt been partly down to circumstance,… Read More

Notes to self following a fabulous week of painting

Well, after six month’s of mounting anticipation and fevered practicing – my week of painting with artist and Edward Wesson expert Steve Hall finally arrived. My first ever course of this kind, I was excited and apprehensive. And now, looking back, I’m finding it difficult to condense the experience into a single post. What I… Read More

By popular demand…

…well I say popular, but that may be over-egging it. To be more precise, since my post where to begin with so many firsts which featured my new homemade painting board come paper carrier, I’ve had a few people express their interest in this item. Most recently I’ve been contacted by Helen to see whether I can… Read More

Where to begin with so many firsts?

With so many ‘firsts’ to relate – I’m not entirely sure where to begin. I feel I should probably begin with an apology (certainly not my first and definitely not my last!). In last week’s post, I said my next entry would focus on taking an oil painting, doing a preparatory tonal sketch then putting… Read More