Thursday, 6 September 2018

Demonstration for Seaton Art Society

On Monday I visited Seaton to do a demonstration for Seaton Art Society. 'Watercolour Impressions' was the theme of the demo, so I painted this street scene of Totnes. The photo I used as reference was taken only last week on my phone. I'd travelled to Totnes in the evening to meet up with fellow artist Richard Thorn. I got there early and went for a walk as the sun was going down. It lit up the faces of the buildings and cast long shadows. 
Thanks to Roger Mance for taking the step-by-step photos during my demo.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Beginners' Watercolour Class in Paignton

I'm putting together a 10 week watercolour class starting in October. It's at the planning stage at the moment and I'm gauging interest so, please get in touch.

Maximum class size will be 15.

Here's a recent demo painting from my course at Margam Discovery Centre, Port Talbot - 'Aberdulais Falls'.

Monday, 23 April 2018

'Watercolour Basics & Beyond' - Part 6

The July issue of Leisure Painter is out now and includes Part six of my series of watercolour articles 'Watercolour Basics and Beyond'. In this edition I discuss how to use multiple washes to build up your paintings.
On 12th July I will be tutoring a workshop for Leisure Painter at the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival in Nottingham:…/reader-workshops.htm

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

'Watercolour Basics & Beyond' - Part 5

The May edition of Leisure Painter is now in the shops. Part 5 of my series 'Watercolour Basics and Beyond' is all about dry-brush technique. It features a step-by-step exercise and also a painting of Broadsands beach.

Demonstration for Epsom & Ewell Art Group

Last Wednesday I did a demonstration painting for Epsom & Ewell Art Group. The subject was 'Boats and Reflections' and this was the end result. This is a scene from Dartmouth and features a couple of Brixham trawlers. I ran out of time towards the end but I managed to complete most of what I wanted to get across in about an hour and a half.
Painted on a stretched half imperial sheet of 200lb Bockingford NOT paper.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Demonstration, West Dartmoor Art Group

Yesterday, I did a demonstration for West Dartmoor Art Group, at Peter Tavy. 'Seascape in Watercolour' was the subject, so I did this rocky coastal scene of Lundy Island.
Thank you to Dick Brown, who recorded my progress in these photos.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

'Watercolour Basics and Beyond' - Part Three

The April edition of Leisure Painter is in the shops now. It includes part four of my series 'Watercolour basics and beyond'. This month I talk about the wet-in-wet technique, which is a tricky but exciting way of working with watercolour.
The main painting, which I did as an example, is 'Braveheart', one of the steam locomotives at Dartmouth Steam Railway, Paignton station.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ongar Art Society

I visited Ongar Art Society, in Essex last Thursday for a watercolour demonstration. Still life was requested so I took along these few items and set them up on a little stage. I lit the arrangement from above with a lamp.
Painted on a stretched sheet of half imperial Bockingford 200lb NOT watercolour paper.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

One-day Workshop ~ 'Boats in Watercolour'

Had an enjoyable day at Kingskerswell Art Group on Tuesday. A one-day workshop on the tricky subject of 'Boats in Watercolour'. Everyone was enthusiastic and worked pretty hard to achieve some good, loose impressions.
Here are a few of my demo's from the day.

'Watercolour Basics and Beyond' - Part Three

Part 3 of my year-long series of 'Watercolour Basics and Beyond' is in the March issue of Leisure Painter. This month I am talking about the graded wash technique.