Kenneth Reed

The two artists which influenced me the most as a child were my grandfather Thomas Reed and my dad Kenneth Reed. My grandfather died when I was only four years old but I still vividly remember the paintings which hung my grandparents home, and indeed the painting he did before he died which has effected … Read more

Rowland Hilder

The first artist that I really began to study as a young, enthusiastic watercolourist was Rowland Hilder. My parents used to buy a calendar every year called Artists Britain which would always contain several outstanding paintings by Rowland Hilder. I found myself captivated by his work and after a few disappointing attempts at using watercolour, … Read more

La Serenata a Rialto, Venezia

The recent frosty mornings and beautiful bright sunny days we have been enjoying recently have reminded me of the times we have spent in Venice during Carnival time. The weather in Venice has usually been even colder but characterised by crisp, sunny days and of course, full of the colour and spectacle of the carnival. … Read more

Sketchbook of Oman

Since my first visit to Oman in 2007 I have always taken my hand made sketchbooks to paint on location. Whenever I’ve shown these studies to various folk, they have always commented on the tactile beauty of these small watercolour paintings that are held together as a mini art collection. The plan for several years … 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

Theatre Royal at Night

Since my first exhibition over 30 years ago (when I was an art student) I have regularly painted specific scenes for my clients. The subjects have varied considerably and have ranged from landscapes to cityscapes, sailing ships to aircraft, even red blood cells to pets! There have been many occassions when my clients have asked … Read more

Top Sketchbook Tips

TIP 6 Receive instruction. Join a painting class 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 few watercolour classes for various painting groups throughout the … 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

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