You can find beauty in any ordinary everyday subjects such as a cup of tea, a folded magazine, a few humble garlic bulbs by just giving them your deep loving attention. Attending slowly as you draw and paint even commonplace items means they start to be imbued with some magical essence that cannot be bought at any art store – that magical substance is … Continue reading Enhancing any experience with attention
What a treat I received yesterday from a lovely lady photographer/artist called Mape Andrews who has been watching my watercolour instructional tutorials on YouTube. A set of 10 M Graham professional artist quality tube paints! I was blown away by her lovely gesture as I had only vaguely heard of these paints but never bought any. I couldn’t wait to try them out so here they … Continue reading Testing M Graham Watercolour Tube Paints
Art sale this weekend! All prices reduced. Grab an original now to enhance your space – direct from me, the artist:) 10 of my original watercolours are up for sale – to view more images of each one or to buy click on any of the paintings below. Easy to frame! Most of my paintings are standard photo size so you just buy a supermarket … Continue reading Original Watercolour Sale – This Weekend!
Most artists I know are devils for getting new art technique books. Books give us hope and inspiration and impetus! I have bought many, many books over the years and there are a few that I would never part with as they have become sacred to me. Below I share my 3 top go to art books; my bibles as I call them. As you … Continue reading What’s your Watercolour Bible?
Today I had Jude and Claire back for their second joint painting day. They chose to focus on painting reflections. We really got into the nitty gritty with analysis of the anatomy of a reflections and let loose with soem very flamboyant and powerful abstract shapes. I feel these were just stunning and Claire and Jude were over the moon with their work too. I … Continue reading Abstractions and Reflections – Watercolour Painting Day
I suppose most people know of John Singer Sargent for his highly realistic and incredibly rich-looking portraits of artistocrats which I have come across and admired over the years – but then, yesterday I was stopped in my tracks by this unfinished head study of an Italian girl from Capri – Rosina Ferrara. It just took my breath away. The starkness of the head against … Continue reading Breathless – Seeing Rosina Ferrara for the First Time
Years ago in 2005 I went on a 3 month trip of the USA. Trip of a lifetime it was and I took so many photos on days spent wandering the 4 corner states. This is one of them. Heading back from a long hike to Bear Canyon the sun was setting and just casting flecks of light on this dwelling. An old adobe … Continue reading Playing about with pastel – an adobe building on Canyon Road, Sante Fe