Drawing People

TIP 10 Study People In my first tip I talked about drawing from observation. Drawing people isn’t easy, particularly if they are not deliberately posing for you, but the results can be rewarding if you stick at it. A useful tip is to draw people walking about without actually looking at the paper. These can … Read more

Theatre Royal at Night

Since my first exhibition over 30 years ago (when I was an art student) I have regularly painted specific scenes for my clients. The subjects have varied considerably and have ranged from landscapes to cityscapes, sailing ships to aircraft, even red blood cells to pets! There have been many occassions when my clients have asked … Read more

Watercolour Paint

TIP 8 Don’t use too many colours! There are at least 96 colours in Winsor and Newton’s Artists’ watercolour range. I use about a dozen regularly which is enough for me. Spend some time finding out which ones you really like and experiment. The arrangement of different paints you can see on my drawing board … Read more

Top Sketchbook Tips

TIP 6 Receive instruction. Join a painting class with like-minded people who will encourage you and offer constructive criticism. It will also provide you with that regular weekly discipline that is so important to have if one is to improve. Throughout the year I do a few watercolour classes for various painting groups throughout the … Read more

Top Sketchbook Tips

TIP 5 If you want to start adding watercolour to any line work you are doing in your sketchbook, then you will need one with a decent quality paper. I enjoy using the “little black book” now branded by moleskine favoured by artists like Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh. Sketchbook study of Winter Tree … Read more

The Needle’s Eye Painting

A few weeks ago I was asked by one of my clients to paint a specific view of the Needle’s Eye which is situated at the south part of the beach at Newbiggen by the Sea on the Northumbrian coast. He provided me with several photographs of the view he had in mind, however they … Read more

Arthur Melville

TIP 3 Be Inspired! If I’m ever feeling dry, I will spend a couple of hours browsing through my reference books of paintings by some of the great exponents of watercolour like Winslow Homer, Sir William Russell Flint, Joseph Mallord William Turner,¬†Arthur Melville¬†and Edward Seago. Better still, visit an exhibition with your sketch book and … Read more