Weekend 2 of the Artists Open Houses

After last week’s somewhat rampant start to the Artists Open Houses (in terms of sales that is!) – the 2nd weekend has been much more sedate. A lot more visitors, matched ironically by far fewer sales. Never the less, having started off last week by displaying the paintings that I’ve sold I feel somehow beholden to… Read More

Watercolour comfort painting

With only nine days to go until the opening of our Park Gate Collective artists open house things are beginning to come together. The weekend was largely spent cutting yet more mounts, getting frames ready and whitewashing walls. I took the measurements for ‘my’ wall and did a quick 1:100 scale mock-up of the space and… Read More

My first watercolour exhibition of 2018

Longer term followers may recall that last year I dipped my toe into Brighton’s annual Artists Open Houses bonanza. The Open Houses coincide with Brighton’s main arts festival and the Brighton Fringe Festival – both of which are the largest of their kind in England. The Artists Open Houses run each weekend in May and… Read More

More daylight, more watercolours

On the weekend that the clocks here in the UK leapt forward an hour – extending the days and enabling me to put my bike lights into storage until the autumn – it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the extra daylight with some especially daylight filled watercolours: I’ve painted this view before a few times… Read More

Cropping a watercolour from the jaws of disaster!

After last week’s effort, I was keen to tackle the same view again but to iron out some of the creases while replicating all of my favourite elements: My main aim was to introduce a little more subtlety, in particular to the buildings on the right. When I started to draw this out again, I… Read More

100% of watercolour Wednesdays

I sincerely hope that anyone reading this is doing so having had a wonderful christmas – by whatever criteria that may be for your own idea of a perfect Christmas! For me, my perfection was spending some quality, uninterrupted and unpressurised time with my loved ones. And with that peace, contentment and relaxation, also came… Read More

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

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

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