New year’s resolution watercolour painting

Without wishing to start off on a bleak note, I’m fully anticipating that 2020 is going to be a tough old year. This is primarily for personal reasons that have nothing to do with painting, but is nevertheless the main motivation behind one of my new year resolutions to ‘sort out some holidays’. There are… Read More

Colonnade cafe, Barcelona watercolour

After enjoying last week’s watercolour painting so much, I was keen to tackle it again but this time to do a colour version. Here are some quick work in progress shots to show how it developed: So far so good. Next up was to start adding in the darks into the shadow areas: At this… Read More

Alvaro Castagnet watercolour masterclass

Well I’m just going to launch straight in with the big news of the week, which is that in a most surprising turn of events I find myself booked on to a two-day masterclass in May with the world-renowned watercolour artist Alvaro Castagnet! It was my birthday over the weekend, something that usually receives no… Read More

Copic ciao grey tones – a review

Happy New Year one and all! I know that my first post of the new decade, on the very first day of 2020 is the ideal day for me to be setting out my own watercolour manifesto for the year or even years ahead, but I’m afraid that I have to confess that my manifesto… Read More

A merry watercolour Christmas to all!

I sincerely hope that anyone reading this is having a wonderful festive season! Personally, I’m a huge fan of Christmas and, historically, start playing my festive tunes quite early in December (so only about two months after the shops start playing theirs!) A perennial favourite, and one that always makes me feel quite humble and,… Read More

A secret santa watercolour

As the title may suggest, I can’t give too much away in this week’s post – at least not until sometime after Christmas day! The subject is the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. I usually work from my own photographs but on this occasion, I’ve had to resort to finding one online. It is, however,… Read More

Rushed watercolour paintings

Precious little time for painting or writing this week! It’s so frustrating when you have such little time to spend pursuing your passion that the limited time itself can become a pressured hindrance. That’s a little bit how it felt for me this week. Here’s my first effort: This was inspired by a visit a… Read More

Cafe watercolour painting – rebooted!

Continuing my current theme of revisiting watercolour paintings that I’ve enjoyed painting previously, here’re two that I painted earlier this year, that I took as the basis for a new painting. The location is a local branch of the Small Batch Coffee company here in Brighton. In the mornings, the light floods in via the… Read More

Barcelona watercolour painting rebooted

A few weeks ago, when I was experiencing one of my periodic / all too frequent watercolour painting dilemmas of: ‘what should I paint? In fact, why do I even bother painting’ – I wondered whether there’d be any value in revisiting some of my favourite paintings from the past to paint them again. If… Read More

Anvil cloud watercolour

Unfinished watercolour business I’m starting this week where I left off last week, with another version of my Manchester tram. As I approached this version, I had a number of goals in mind: A more clearly defined focal point A greater sense of depth and recession To introduce some colour, where I’d previously focused on… Read More