One ‘how to watercolour’ – and one ‘how not to watercolour’

This is by no means a definitive ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ paint in watercolour, but it just so happens that I painted these two paintings on consecutive days. Despite there being so little time between the two paintings, they are nevertheless worlds apart. I deliberated long and hard about whether to share the… Read More

A new watercolour brush!

In my defence, it’s been ages since I bought a new brush. This still doesn’t mean that I actually needed this latest purchase, but I’m delighted to have been able to add it to my collection. This arrived last week, just as I had to make another mad dash north to be with my mum… Read More

A new watercolour and a new video

This week saw me tackle another interior. The venue is the The Set Restaurant at The Artists Residence hotel in Brighton, which some may remember from another recent interior painting: I don’t visit often but it’s a nice treat to go there every now and then as a family for breakfast. The occasion this time… 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

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

Watercolour reflections

It’s been a funny watercolour week. The first part was mainly tying up some loose ends and admin from the Open House. At the weekend I delivered my ‘house portrait’ that I showed last week – and was delighted by its reception! I also felt a little embarrassed to learn that it will be sharing a… Read More

A new watercolour project

The Park Gate Collective Artists Open House officially closed for business on Sunday 27th May. It’s been a great month for all of us, surpassing our expectations and leaving us all enthused about what we might do next and how we might take ‘the collective’ forward in the future! From a personal perspective, I was delighted… 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