Museo Correr

Sargent

Museo Correr In May 2007 I spent several days painting in Venice. I was fortunate enough to take in a superb exhibition of paintings of Venice by one of my favourite artists John Singer Sargent. The exhibition was held at the Museo Correr in St Mark’s Square. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is said to be … Read more

The Circus, Bath

Prints of Bath

Bath I’ve recently been asked to do a painting of The Circus in Bath. I remember looking at the scene in the summer last year, however it was difficult to get a view of the remarkable architecture because of the central trees in full leaf. I knew I would have to return in the spring … Read more

Breamish Valley

Breamish Valley

Breamish Valley I have recently received a commission to do a watercolour painting depicting the Breamish Valley near Ingram. On Sunday I decided to do an initial research trip after church to remind myself of the location and general geography. I had driven through it a couple of years ago when I climbed Hedgehope, the … Read more

Norcia, Umbria

Relais il Canalicchio Umbria is one of my favourite regions in Italy. It has some great wines, particularly Montefalco Sagrantino and of course, fantastic food. The first time we visited in 2002 we stayed at the Relais il Canalicchio, a beautiful old hotel that boasted commanding views over the tranquil countryside. We travelled as far … Read more

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle Last summer I decided to have another video taken of me painting on location. I asked  a friend of mine, Gavin Dowd of  Word Out Productions to film me painting Dunstanburgh Castle.  I was hoping for a summer evening like the one captured in the painting which I reproduced as a limited edition … Read more

Painting in Norfolk

Painting in Norfolk

Burnham Overy Staithe One of the greatest thrills as an artist is to have a painting trip where one can paint a variety of subjects on location. My last two trips to Norfolk have been just that. When Painting in Norfolk the subjects range from the estuary at Burnham Overy Staithe to the lavender fields … Read more

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

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

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