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London Eye Watercolour

Many of the elements which I love to paint all seem to come together in this watercolour of the London Eye, architecture, beautiful London skies and sunlight being reflected in water.  

To see closer detail of this watercolour, Alan will demonstrate Here.



Mont Blanc and Manganese Blue

On 29th January I was notified that my new watercolour titled Mont Blanc and Manganese Blue had been selected Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016. It’s the second time one of my paintings has been chosen. In 2013 my painting “Jebel Akhdar, Oman” won the Artists Prize in the same competition. 

The title of this painting comes partly from using the lovely colour “Manganese Blue” produced by Winsor and Newton which I have been using since the late 1980’s. It’s a brighter blue than Cerulean which I personally find a little flat in comparison.

It was inspired by a sketchbook watercolour I painted "en plein air" from Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France in the summer of 2015.

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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. 

This painting is now SOLD


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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Regent Street, Christmas Shopping

London with its Christmas lights looks stunning. In 2016 I was inspired by seeing Regent Street lit up by Angels twinkling along the length of the street.

The effects of artificial light can be tricky to capture in watercolour but if you get it right it can look really dramatic, especially when you add plenty of figures to create movement.


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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