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

Top Sketchbook TIP 7 A new sheet of clean white paper can ofter appear intimidating to a beginner, even to someone experienced. to overcome any fears of making a mistake, it can be helpful to lay a pale wash of color (for example Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna) over the whole sheet of paper, whether … Read more

Top Sketchbook Tips

TIP 6 Receive instruction. Join a painting class or join us on one of our Painting Holidays 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 … 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

Top Sketch Book Tips – Drawing with a brush

Drawing with a brush

Tip 4 Limited Palette Why don’t you try Drawing with a brush and paint with one colour or a limited palette instead of using a pencil. You will achieve a quality of line that will vary in thickness. ┬áThis will make your brush strokes look far more interesting. You will also become more confident about … Read more

The Needle’s Eye Painting

Needle's Eye

Newbiggen by the Sea A few weeks ago I was asked by one of my clients to paint a specific view of the Needle’s Eye. This unusual rock formation is situated at the south part of the beach at Newbiggen by the Sea on the Northumbrian coast. There are so many stunning places to paint … Read more

Arthur Melville

Arthur Melville

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. Some of my favourites are Winslow Homer, Sir William Russell Flint and Joseph Mallord William Turner. More recently I’ve been studying┬áJohn Singer … Read more