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Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) in Oman. This Original painting won "The Artist's Prize" in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition for 2013.

I've been a couple of times and made number of sketchbook Studies which can be seen in my reproduction "Sketch Book of Oman".

The locals grow pomegranates on the terraces which are watered by an ancient yet efficient irrigation system called Falaj.

Watch a short video of the artist explaining how this original watercolour was painted showing more detail.

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Last Light, Ruwi, Oman

My studio watercolour of Ruwi in Oman is the result of spending many hours making sketchbook studies on location in Oman.

I’ve often risen when it was still dark to make sure I was in the right spot to capture the early morning light, however on this occasion it was a case of being in the right place to record the last throws of the middle eastern sunlight catching the distant hills. Read more....

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Piccadilly, London

An original watercolour painting inspired by a sketchbook watercolour painted on location capturing September afternoon sunlight.

In this studio painting I've wanted to retain the warmth of colour and the overall freshness of the "en plain air" study.

You can watch a video of this painting as I talk through the different stages of producing this watercolour. 

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Pittenweem, Scotland

I was fortunate to travel up to the East Neuk of Fife earlier in the year to do some sketchbook watercolours of three of the very picturesque fishing villages dotted along the coastline.

For this particular watercolour painting of Pittenweem, I wanted to retain the loose sketchbook qualities of the “en plein air” study so I used a hand made Indian rag paper with deckled edges and a rough surface. I've deliberatly kept the brush marks lively and fresh without loosing too much detail.

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Princes Street, Winter Light

This scene of Princes Street, Edinburgh is taken from Calton Hill which boasts commanding views over the city. Often it is the inclusion of figures which can bring a cityscape to life, but in this instance it’s the traffic, in particular the buses nudging their way into the queues of cars, that bring a sense movement to the watercolour.

Even though the time of year is winter and the sun has almost set, there’s a strong feeling of warmth and light coming through because of the base washes of Cadmium Lemon and Rose Madder. This is contrasted by the cold shadows created by a quite bold application of Paynes Grey for the road and rooftops. Further interest has been achieved by the highlights on the cars and buses on Princes Street which have been very simply rendered.

Lifting out some of the colour has brought a feeling of mist and smokiness, giving the architecture an ethereal quality which has enhanced the depth and ariel perspective to Auld Reekie.

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River Tyne Sunset

One of my first commissions when I went self employed as an artist back in 1984 was from a major North East Company who asked me to do some paintings capturing the industry on the Tyne.

This is a more recent work based on the reference I gathered from the banks of the Tyne back in the 1980's. The big sky which features a winter sunset adds drama to a scene that captures a bygone era.

It's a very big watercolour by any standards so keeping control over large fluid washes is very demanding, particularly when using strong contrasing colours.

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Roman Baths Interior

The Roman Baths in the City of Bath are well worth a visit. I’ve painted a number of sketchbook watercolours over the years which have provided me with plenty of inspiration to paint a series of studio paintings.

In this painting of the Roman Baths I’ve retained the loose, direct brush marks that I made in my sketchbook observations. These in turn, have ensured that the studio painting didn’t become sterile and lifeless.

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Roman Forum, First Light

I rose just after 5am to paint a small watercolour in my sketchbook to capture the first rays of sunlight catching the ancient columns of the temple ruins.

Even though you can't go inside the Roman Forum at this time in the morning, it's possibly the best time of the day to see this historic site as there are no crowds to battle past and there is a distinct peace and calmness to the city. The early morning light brings a golden hue to the architectural ruins.

This original watercolour has been painted on hand made Fabriano paper from Italy. The rough texture of the paper brings out the translucency of the pigments.

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Royal Opera House, Oman

Royal Opera House Muscat. I've watched its building development over the last few years. It was officially opened on October 12, 2011.

The Royal Opera House Muscat is Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, Oman, on Sultan Qaboos Street.

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