Painting in Italy

In 2006 I was commissioned to do a watercolour of Casa Panfili, an Umbrian farmhouse with wonderful views over the Niccone Valley. The owners, Al and Betty Stuart wanted a painting that captured something of the beauty of the valley and the way Casa Panfili is very much a part of the rural landscape. It is … Read more

Venetian Light Watercolour

Venetian Light watercolour A few days ago I was watching the film “The Tourist” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie on an plane travelling back from one of my overseas work trips. Most of the film was set in Venice which made it very watchable and it triggered off many memories of our visits to … 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

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

Painting on Location

One of the most satisfying and rewarding disciplines I do as a painter is getting up early to capture the early morning light in watercolour. Over the last couple of years I’ve been fortunate to spend a week in Norfolk over the summer with my family, following in the footsteps of some of my watercolour … Read more