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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. It’s very difficult […]

Paintings of Oman

One of my favourite Paintings of Oman include this one of Ruwi. This studio watercolour is the result of spending many hours making sketchbook studies on location in Oman. I’ve often risen when it was still dark to make sure I was in the right spot to capture the early morning light. However on this […]

Sargent

Sargent Studies – A Daily Sketch

For the last few weeks I have been continuing with my daily discipline of a sketch a day. I try to do this for 20 minutes to an hour, 5 or 6 days a week, usually in my Moleskine Sketchbook.  Gouache Painting Most of my studies have been made with a charcoal pencil. However today […]

Oman Watercolour Sketchbook

Painting a sunrise on location like this Oman Watercolour Sketchbook is one of the hardest challenges as a watercolourist. The main problem is that the colours change so quickly. By the time you have laid your first wash and waited for it to dry. The rising sun will have brought a complete change to the […]

Grand Canal

Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice

Accademia Bridge Last night Susan and I watched the  BBC 2 programme Shakespeare in Italy narrated by Francesco da Mosto. Part of the programme was set in Venice. It was Susan’s home for 5 years and a place which has been a content source of inspiration for my Italian collection. One of my favourite views […]

Watercolour Palette

Watercolour Paint

TIP 8 Don’t use too many colours! There are at least 96 colours in Winsor and Newton’s Artists’ watercolour range. I use about a dozen regularly which is enough for me. Spend some time finding out which ones you really like and experiment. The arrangement of different paints you can see on my drawing board […]