PLANNING for PEACE I teach a private weekly watercolour class for 18 super people. The task of getting 39 weekly watercolour classes planned for the academic year 18-19 has been exciting, hard and satisfying. Ultimately has given my poor old mind peace instead of constantly thinking about what to paint for next class each week. I decided to get to grips with my planning as … Continue reading Planning a Year’s Watercolour Classes
Toucans to me are endlessly paintable. Between their phenomenal beaks and dramatic plumage in a rainbow of colours they have a charm and antic personality that draws me in. They move slow and then suddenly fast – they incline and rock and that wink! Talking of winking – the toucan’s eye has a lot of layers and has a feeling of being embedded in that … Continue reading Watercolour Toucan Demo
Happy 2018 to my readers! After having a full hysterectomy on 16th November I’ve obviously been laid pretty low and had to take things very, very slowly indeed. But now things are easing up a bit pain and discomfort wise and so I am doing what I can to get ready for my weekly classes which start again in Pontypridd on March 2nd. It is … Continue reading First 2018 Bustle from the Studio
OVERWHELMED BY POSSIBILITIES As an artist it is overwhelming sometimes. I am interested in expressing so many subjects in so many styles and in so many moods. At times I flit between subjects never really going as deep as I would like. I feel I am surface – not able to commit to anything. This creates stress in me as I wish I could focus … Continue reading Creators – What are your deep loves?
Before you read any further would you like to just close your eyes and listen to the sounds of waves on a Cape Cod beach as seagulls and shorebirds call and sing in the sky. This will get you in the mood for this post which is inspired by the beauty of Cape Cod. I have recently read the cult classic for coastal … Continue reading The Outermost House and The House on Nauset Marsh – nature writing like no other
With Christmas nearly here I thought some viewers may be interested in painting a robin. They are real characters aren’t they? They claim your back garden as their own turf and defend it feistily. The robin song is a delight and today I found this lovely short clip of a robin singing away – it is worth a listen if only to get … Continue reading How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour
THOSE EYES! They have those strange hypnotic eyes – don’t they? – goats? Their pupils are a distinctive horizontal ellipse and added to their cloven hooves and raffish beards they are very paintable. As some subscribers will have read I visited a local small holding last month and actually smoothed and petted a goat for the first time in my life. She was a petite … Continue reading Painting Goats in Watercolour