Watercolour sketching kit

I absolutely love camping! My main annual holiday for many more years than I’ve been painting has been spent camping, not to mention the many smaller vacations in between! What has changed over the years, is how much I dislike packing to actually go camping, a dislike that grows stronger each year! The only exception… Read More

Happy in Hastings watercolour sketches

After spending so much time recently in the company of Ian Potts’s paintings, I was keen to break away from them even though I wasn’t feeling especially inspired to paint anything of my own! I did however recently have some beautiful weather for my bike ride to work and took off across a field to… Read More

A walk in the woods, in watercolour

In a change to previously advertised content, this week’s watercolours are both examples of me choosing subjects by how quickly I think I can paint them. I had hoped to feature my new watercolour palette, however, as part of the post I really wanted to film a short video and the light over the weekend,… Read More

So much to paint, so little time to paint in

Sometimes we all have to accept that there just isn’t enough time in a day or even a week to do everything we might want to do. Especially when you’re already having to fit what you might want to do around your many other responsibilities! That’s pretty much how I felt this past week when… Read More

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

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

Plein-air sketching in Wales

I was away in Wales over the recent bank holiday weekend – ‘surely not another holiday!’ I hear you exclaim! This time we were camping with twenty or so friends and families and I took my sketching kit along more in hope than expectation. We were based in the Brecon Beacons on the river Usk… Read More