New Year, new resolutions and a new watercolour

Happy New Year to one and all! I don’t know about everyone else, but that festive season went by far too quickly for my liking. I promised in my last post of 2017 to review the past year in the first post of 2018 but to be honest, I’m not totally sure that I feel… Read More

Same watercolour view, different watercolour paper

After my mixed feelings about last week’s painting, I was keen to see if I could rectify some of the most niggling elements. Here’s last week’s version of my sunlit Barcelona street scene as a reminder: I was also keen to do a compare and contrast with the new supply of Arches 300gsm rough watercolour… Read More

(Yet) Another bright day in Barcelona

With the festive season now in full swing, I’m finding precious little time for painting. Anytime I do get, I’m still drawn to much sunnier scenes than we’re currently experiencing here in the UK. This is another Barcelona view which has been on my ‘to paint’ list for a long time but I’ve never quite… Read More

Sundown on Brighton seafront

In my recent plein-air post I mentioned that I hoped to do some more paintings of my hometown. During the recent few days of beautiful weather, the time felt right to tackle this view of Brighton seafront. It was based on some photographs that I took recently during a wonderful evening’s walk along the seafront,… Read More

Plaça Reial, Barcelona

  I haven’t been able to spend much time painting recently so was feeling decidedly rusty when I set about this painting. My rustiness – combined with my lack of experience of painting palm trees (I’m sure I’ve read something very recently about palm trees being the downfall of many an artist!) – meant that… 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

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

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

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

Bright Day in Dieppe

As predicted in last week’s post, time is proving a most valuable and hard to come by asset! Despite an entire week passing, I’ve only had time to watch about half of one of the three DVDs that I got for Christmas. I decided to start with the Herman Pekel DVD. I’ve seen Herman paint… Read More