Bright day Barcelona in watercolour

I promised a change of scene in my last post but I must confess to only achieving half of that promise. I did manage to leave behind Dieppe for a while, opting instead to move back to Barcelona. I was, however, unable to shake my rapidly developing obsession with sun shades! I like to think… Read More

More Dieppe, more watercolour, more sunshades!

I can’t help but notice over the course of my recent watercolour paintings of Dieppe that a certain motif has started to emerge; the sun shade! I like to think that it reflects just how nice the weather was while we were in Dieppe and perhaps as winter begins to tighten it’s grip here in… Read More

Another Dieppe Watercolour

I had no idea that Dieppe was going to prove to be so richly enjoyable and rewarding as a subject! Now I know that this is only my second painting of Dieppe but the two have already become amongst my favourites of late! If the story of my painting is one of two steps forward… Read More

Dieppe, Normandy, watercolour

I originally set out to tackle last week’s subject of Picadilly Circus in London again. I’ve been plumbing the depths of my watercolour knowledge with what I’d do differently and do have some sound ideas but as I started to sketch it out, my heart just sank. I just didn’t have any enthusiasm to take… Read More

A frustrating watercolour duo!

After last week’s Regent’s Street painting, I was keen to crack on with this next view of Picadilly Circus in central London. The reference photo was taken on the same day as last week’s reference photo – early in the morning on a crisp clear day, with a low sun, long shadows and not many… Read More

Another work in progress watercolour sequence

This feels like a bit of a postscript to last week’s post where I felt I was ticking along nicely right up until the end when I added in one wash too many and somewhat ‘killed’ it! With this second attempt, I was mindful of working as quickly as possible, and to being a little bolder… Read More

At last – a WIP watercolour post!

After so many good but ultimately futile intentions to track a painting’s development – I finally remembered to take some work in progress (WIP) photos as I went along! My subject also marks a departure from my recent plethora of Barcelona images, and a change of format too. I don’t know why but most of… Read More

Third time (not so) lucky watercolour…

Sometimes a subject can really get under your skin. This may be because it’s special to you in some way, or because you just love the view or colours or composition. Sometimes however it may be because you know what it is you’re trying to achieve with a view but, try as you might, you… Read More

Barcelona’s La Segrada Familia in Watercolour x 2

I’m always wary of tackling iconic views, or famous buildings, even when they’re in the background like in this Barcelona painting with La Segrada Familia in the distance. This is one of those subjects that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but sometimes you’ve just got to wait until the moment feels right.… Read More

Unfinished watercolour business…

This past week was one of those where my hopes and expectations for painting were dashed upon the rocks of everyday life. In a nutshell – I barely managed to squeeze any painting in this week. I had it mind to revisit last week’s subject matter, with the aim of putting a warmer wash of… Read More