I have been fascinated by the view across this tiny harbour to the hill opposite for many years. Earlier this year I did a watercolour and gouache painting of the same scene, which was done in a looser style but set me off on a quest to paint the most realistic water and reflections thatContinue reading “Blue and red boat at Hope Cove”
Earlier this year I received a commission for a painting from a lovely lady in work. She wanted a painting of her husband and children on their canal boat in the Kennet & Avon Canal. She supplied the image, a photo, which was the only reference I had to work from. I used Saunders WaterfordContinue reading “Canal Boat – Jackdaw”
I wanted to do a new watercolour that featured houses in the area that I live but also wanted to reflect some of the things that are worrying me at the moment. Here is the finished painting. The house on the right appears warped but that is only because the paper that I used buckledContinue reading “The Calm Before the Storm”
Earlier this year I was watching a video of a famous artist painting a watercolour of a bridge over a canal in China and decided to follow along. Now I’m nowhere as good an artist as he is but I think I learned a lot as he went along. I’m putting some of the stepsContinue reading “Bridge in China”
In part one I showed you how to lay down the first layer of the painting using watered down paint, this layer is often called the ‘tea’ or ‘coffee’ layer and should be thought of as the consistency of a cordial – very thin with lots of water. These first layers always look too darkContinue reading “STARTED A NEW WATERCOLOUR: SUNSET IN BEDMINSTER PART TWO”
Watercolour on watercolour paper. I wanted to paint a picture of the view from my desk at One Castlepark before we moved offices. It was a rainy day so i took some photos and worked from those. It didn’t quite work out as I hoped, but it did capture how it looked that day soContinue reading “Rainy day at Castlepark”
Watercolour and pencil sketches done on a train using the small paint tin and a waterbrush. In the “Ice” sketchbook.