Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sketchbook page...

Here's a sketch from last week's trip to Dorset. Normally, I wouldn't get the time to paint something like this on the spot. Once my class arrive at a painting location, they invariably want to paint different views, which means that I spend most of my time doing a circuit of the students, to help them with any problems. 
However, on this day the weather wasn't great, which meant that the whole class was forced to take shelter in the same spot (underneath the awning of the lifeboat station). Time then, for me to get my paints out and do this little sketch of the cottages at Mudeford Quay.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

'Marine Scenes in Watercolour'

Got back from Boscombe yesterday, from my 'Marine Scenes in Watercolour' course at Art Holidays in Dorset. Here are a couple of the demo' paintings I did. The monotone one was an example of how to build up the painting in three washes, from light to dark.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

My New Book...

I've just about finished work on the new book I'm doing for Quarto. It will be published in November, with the title 'The Watercolour Artist's Handbook', in the UK. In the USA it will be called 'Painting in Watercolor'. Yesterday I received the colour proofs, all 250 pages of them. Here are a just couple of the proofs from the book.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Harbour Scene

I was at Derriford Art Society yesterday, for a demonstration followed by a workshop. The theme for the day was Seascapes/Harbour Scenes so I began the day with this demo' of a morning scene at Paignton Harbour.

Friday, 15 April 2016

A recent demonstration...

A demonstration from my recent course at Art Holidays in Dorset. Done in three washes, there are a few drips, which are a bit of an occupational hazard when you're board is almost vertical.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Painting in Monotone

This little monotone study demo' is also from my course. It's a good exercise to paint something using only one colour. I use Ivory Black for these little studies. It's not part of my regular colour palette but is ideal for tonal sketches.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

'Black & White Moggy'

Got back from a painting course at Art Holidays in Dorset, on Monday. This was painted as one of my evening demonstration paintings... next door's black and white moggy.
After sketching the outline with a 5B pencil onto 200lb Bockingford paper, I soaked the paper and then mixed colours on the page to create a soft, atmospheric foundation wash, lifting out some areas with a damp brush. Once it was dry, I began to build up the washes on dry paper. All in all, the painting took about an hour, from start to finish.