An original watercolour of Newcastle's Tyne Bridges and Quayside with it's famous bridges captured in a swirling snow shower.
The dark moody sky adds extra drama to the composition, the loosness of the washes contrasting with the more considered rendering of the iconic architecture.
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Original Fine Art Watercolour Painting
The people enjoy an early evening stroll by the Grand Canal and St Marks Square before dinner in the warm Venetian light. Based on a small sketch book study painted on location.
I’ve been fortunate to paint on location in Venice many times since my first visit in 1991. A small box of watercolour paints, travelling brush and a hand made sketchbook is all you need to capture its wonderful light, mood and atmosphere.
On a trip there in 2012 I recall taking the vaporetto across the dark waters of the lagoon to St Marks Square. This original watercolour has been inspired by my observations travelling on the vaporetto and my sketchbook studies and photographs of Venice.
You can watch a video on YouTube of me painting this watercolour.
Paintings of Venice are always popular with folk who have been fortunate enough to visit the city of romance.
I recall one of my painting trips when the weather was quite mixed and began to paint the scene before me in the rain. I could just make out the distinctive shapes of the people and buildings as I worked “wet on wet” on rough watercolour paper.
Montone is a beautiful medieval hilltop town in the region of Umbria, the green heart of Italy. We often take our guests there during our painting holidays in Italy as it has some wonderful street scenes to paint.
In May 2016 I did a tiny watercolour in my handmade sketchbook which became the inspiration for this larger study painted on deckled edged watercolour paper.
I've used a limited palette in keeping with my "en plein air" study to capture the strong sense of afternoon sunlight streaming down Via Roma. The long shadows and the couple strolling down the hill add movement to the scene.
During a family holiday in Chamonix, France with our daughter and grandchildren. We took two trips up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi which we would gaze at every day from our apartment in Chamonix.
On each trip up this dramatic peak, accessed by cable car, I did a sketchbook watercolour, one of Mont Blanc, which became the catalyst for this 16″ x 12″ studio watercolour.
The medieval Tuscan town San Gimignano is famous for its towers which make for a very distinctive skyline. However looking from San Gimignano across the countryside into the early evening sunlight can be just as enchanting.
This simple composition is an exercise in ariel perspective, allowing the distant washes to create a sense of depth. The dark foreground allows the viewer to rest on the main area of interest, the picturesque buildings, some in shadow, some highlighted by the low evening light.
On a recent trip to Amsterdam I was inspired to do some watercolours on location at Koog-Zaandijk of their windmills set in the Dutch landscape.
Looking into the early morning sunlight creates a sense of peace, stillness and tranquility to this iconic scene.
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An original watercolour of a Northumbrian snow scene. The couple walking into the distance provide a sense of scale to this fluid painting inspired by many a walk I've taken myself in the winter months.
It has been painted on a hand made paper with a limited palette. The big sky provides further interest and drama to the composition.
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