Sketching back to happiness…

As some readers may have noticed, in recent week’s my metaphorical painting head has dropped a little bit as I’ve struggled to find my form. My paintings have felt more like a struggle in which I’ve been battling against paint, paper and brushes rather than me working harmoniously with them. As the last time I… Read More

Grapes of wrath

I did go through a stage of reading a lot of Steinbeck books many years ago. I particularly recall The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat, however, it’s probably a sign of my advancing years and declining memory that I can’t actually recall many of the details! Should anyone have alighted on this… Read More

From watercolour sketch to watercolour painting

After returning from holiday with an almost a full sketchbook I was really looking forward to turning some of them into larger paintings. I decided to start on a painting based on this sketch, which I’d notionally titled ‘A train runs through it.’ I was pleased with this sketch, in particular, I really liked the… Read More

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

Watercolour post(card) from Perigueux, France

Our campsite is idyllically situated in a forest within a national park. This is wonderful for so many reasons, however access to wi-fi or indeed any form of signal isn’t one of them! Consequently, this post(card) will be very brief and along the lines of ‘having a great time, weather beautiful, wish you were here!’… Read More

Plein-air watercolour sketching

I travelled north over the weekend to visit my mum, 93 years young and a totally remarkable woman. On this occasion, I travelled solo which, once I’d done my chores, also afforded me a little time to spend painting. Sadly the weather was a little grey and the light quite flat for the duration of… Read More

Can’t see the wood for the tree!

Looking at my offerings for this week’s post, I’m reminded of a definition of stupidity that goes along the lines of: Stupidity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result Now I don’t want to suggest I’m stupid (even if it does sometimes feel that way) but last week I… Read More

#30x30DirectWatercolor2018 – 30 Skies of June

With the end of June came the end of the #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge and here’s my humble contribution, first of all showing my full-size imperial sheet all masking taped up: And secondly with the masking tape removed: I really enjoyed participating in this exercise. I liked it especially because it’s made me spend a lot more… Read More

Watercolour skies

I’m a little pre-occupied at the moment with a new commission that I’ve been asked to keep hush-hush, so I don’t have a lot of actual painting to share this week. The commission is a present which, although not needed until September, I want to have it sorted out by the end of June if… Read More

New watercolour commission

Through the Artists Open Houses, I have received a new commission from my neighbours. They had originally been interested in one of my Barcelona paintings but, in a fine example of ‘sods’ law’ – the one they were most keen on has already sold. As they were keen to have a painting with which they… Read More