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?
Just lately I have had a month off from teaching my watercolour classes. Before I broke up for the summer I promised myself I would do some quirky and random play projects. So I did. I committed to my creativity by allowing my self some pure play – and it felt good! All I did was use lots of new colours that I had bought … Continue reading Watercolour Weaving – why not play and explore
What aspects of your watercolour painting would you like to improve and what aspects of yourself would you like to express more deeply? This watercolour retreat is for anyone wishing to enjoy their watercolour more and to discover their artistic voice. Spend a quiet, slowly-paced day focussing on things you don’t usually have the opportunity to do. Patient and experienced guidance /tuition throughout. For … Continue reading The Watercolour Kind – Painting Retreat – Cardiff – August 14th 2017
Bookings being taken now for the following:- 1) Capturing Playful Hares in watercolour 2) Colour Feeling Through Pastel 3) Native American Indians in Pen & Wash 4) Nastursium Watercolour Fiesta! 5) The Elemental Landscape in Charcoal – BOOK NOW If you want to get to grips with watercolour, pen and wash and other art media such as drawing and pastels you have found the … Continue reading Art Blossoms Painting Days 2007/18 are Here!
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
…and turnips and other earthy things like wheelbarrows. It is really hard sometimes to set aside time to just totally play isn’t it? As soon as I think I can get down to just doodling and using different media in unusual ways to get my creativity going I realise that I have x,y,z task that MUST be done. Above are some let loose … Continue reading Know Your Onions
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
There are so many brilliant watercolour artists around these days aren’t there? Just a brief search on Google brings up a plethora of distinctive styles all using this elegant and mercurial medium. There are many techniques, approaches and special additives you can add to watercolour to experiment further with different effects. Being immersed in art we all feed off one another to a degree – one … Continue reading Top 5 Qualities I Strive for in my Watercolours
PUPPY LOVE! Commission an original watercolour portrait of your dog:) A unique surprise gift for birthdays or any special occasion! All I need from you are VERY high res images. Prices start at £95 (or $145) for an 8×10 inch original painting on 100% archival cotton rag paper. I also do larger sizes… I ship worldwide too. Turnaround time from request to completed painting … Continue reading Watercolour Dog Portraits
Just recently I had a hankering to paint those gorgeous koi carp. Their dramatic and wild orange red splotches against the white of their body were just begging to be captured in watercolour. I imagined painting them fast and loose at the early stages using wet into wet technique. That was what I did and it was a thrilling experience. I loved how the orange … Continue reading Mad About the Koi, watercolor koi paintings