Saturday, 18 July 2015

'Sun Worshipper'


















Here's a demo painting from my workshop at the Watershed Studio on 14th/15th July. An exercise in painting loosely. It's the shape and character that's important, rather than detail.
Many thanks to Allison for providing me with some great lunches and lots of cake.
I'll be back again next year for another 2-day workshop: 'Watercolour Landscapes in 3 Washes' (2nd/3rd August).

'Dartmouth'

























I had my first workshop at the Butterfly Art & Craft Studio, for Art & Craft Days, on the 13th July. 'Villages and Town Landscapes' was the theme, and here's one of my demo's from the day. It's a town scene in Dartmouth, which I chose to illustrate a few tips on perspective.
Many thanks to Brian and Julie for making me feel welcome, and providing me with a wonderful lunch (and lots of tea and coffee). I'll be back next year!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Recent Watercolour Demonstrations

I've been away quite a bit on painting courses lately, particularly at Art Holidays in Dorset. As such, I've accumulated several demonstration pieces, which I have posted here...


















Above 'At the Foot of the Castle, Christchurch'


















Above 'Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth'


















Above 'Cod Rock and Mew Stone from Berry Head'

























Above 'The Guildhall, Totnes'


















Above 'Iford Bridge'


















Above 'River Stour at Tuckton'

I'll be tutoring another 5-night course at Boscombe again from tomorrow.

Monday, 2 March 2015

'The Guildhall, Totnes'



































I painted this view of the Guildhall this morning. I took a photo after completing the mid-tone wash, to give an idea of how the painting is put together. Once this was dry, I put all the darks in, which pull the painting together.



Wednesday, 11 February 2015

'Roquefixade, France'


















This is Roquefixade, in the Ariege region of France. We were here a couple of years ago. The weather wasn't great for that week but, on this day, it was fine. 
My painting is of the village at the foot of the cliffs. At the top though, is the Chateau de Roquefixade, a ruined castle.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

'View from Berry Head, Torbay'


















This is a view I know pretty well. Berry Head, which is what I'm standing on, is a headland at the southern tip of Torbay. It is a national nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It's also a nice place to paint.



Friday, 30 January 2015

'Horse's Head, from Elgin Marbles'


















Last year we spent some time in London and decided to visit the British Museum. Initially, we went there for the Viking exhibition. However, the Elgin Marbles were also on show, so we also had a look at these impressive historic pieces. I thought this one would make a good study of light and shade.