Holst House (Negative)

It’s a well known trick to draw upside down! If you take a photo and turn it upside down before drawing it, you usually get a surprising improvement in the result. It’s because we tend to draw a map of How Things Are instead of drawing How Things Look. Our left brains take over; saying […]

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Exhibition #1

My first exhibition is to be in Barnes’ OSO Art Hub from May 29 to June 9th with a evening show on 4th June. Signwriting After the exhibition I’ll be donating a painting for the OSO Arts Centre’s fundraising auction. Before the exhibition I did some signwriting. This means getting some rigour into my lettering […]

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Figure this

I saw this online as a little cartoon joke. I thought I’d copy it (!) as a watercolour piece. Here’s the one I did in Sep’17 for M’s Birthday Card: And here’s the latest, done on a larger card, and with more confidence, though the foreground fig needs doing again with the same strength as […]

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Sketching Barnes II

On my way home from the West London Refugee Welcome; teaching basic IT skills to a gentle person for DRC. So sunny; and the river is full. Had to stop, though my only book was my lined journal. So. 10m with Derwent 0.8 Inkliner and Ecoline Grey Brushpens: On site: Derwent 0.8 Inkliner: with Grey […]

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Sketching Barnes I

Glorious sunshine and no excuses. So I cycle to Barnes village and find a couple of trees with good views. First I attempt to add watercolour to an inkliner Drawing. 1. The drawing has little ‘character’ due to me being careful rather than playful. 2. The A4 sheet is too big for my portable Waterbrush […]

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OSO Arts Centre – Barnes

Ideally I wanted to do a huge amount of watercolour painting in the four months of preparation for my exhibition. In practice the months have been frittered away with experiments and quite a lot of drawing. So today I went down to the pond and found a position with a good angle on the building. […]

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Art as a Journal of the Heart

Facebook reminds me of what my sketches looked like exactly one year ago. Having such a journal is so useful, I wish I could also look back and trace any emotional / spiritual growth. But if you look deeply into your art, perhaps hand and heart are closely connected, if not telling exactly the same […]

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The Four Evangelists

Ever since we visited St. Petersburg I’ve wanted to paint the four Evangelists. I did a great sketch last year on a small scale but going big is harder. This is a metre wide. I need a bigger brush?! There’s a bit of symbolism to do and it’s all summarised in Wikipedia under “Four Evangelists”. […]

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I was framed!

If you make pictures you end up making frames! So here we are, in the ‘discovery phase’. I now own a mitre cutting frame, which looks like this: You’ll also notice a ‘band clamp’ which is perfect for the job. There’s also a packet of ‘corrugated nails’. Try buying those in B&Q, before you find […]

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Wetlands Tone

Today Amazon delivered my new Ecoline Grey Watercolour Brush Pens. Then my friend Les invited me to the London Wetland Centre. So that is where I tried them out! First, two landscapes using Derwent Graphik inkliners, and three shades of grey: Then a couple of ‘hides’ with green adjusted with blue (for the hides) and […]

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Google Street View

It’s very tempting to browse the urban landscape of “Google Street View” to frame the subject for your next painting. Why travel and sit in the street when you can adjust the angle, and crop the photo all in the comfort of home? I took these using Google Street View: The last one (above, Gail’s […]

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Happy Birthday! — Della-Mae!

This is a quick Birthday Card project!. Start with a sheet of Langton 10×7″ watercolour paper, to be folded in half to make a card (!) Next up, mask off with Frog Tape – because it’s there. BTW, it looks maybe more reusable, .and more easily removable? Next, put on the Buena Vista Orchestra (24bit […]

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Ralph the Dog

Ralph is actually a doorstop, in a dog shape. This is an ink drawing with lines made from dragging the ink using a water brush. Snapseed was used to change the colours.

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Henry Moore

Not the sculptor, the upholsterer on Barnes’ White Hart Lane. We just got a lovely old armchair done by them, and now.. a picture of the shop to hang over it. First I do a screen grab of Google Street View to save me going out. Next I crop it to 3×2 which is approximately […]

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Easter Eggs

I’d like to paint pictures that look like the imitation paintings made by the iPhone app called Prisma. Here’s a photo I took: And here’s the fake painting (my favourite!!) that I made with Prisma: Then I tried to paint it in watercolour: I haven’t really tried to create a full A4 watercolour painting for […]

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A Quick Cuppa

Lately I have unwittingly discovered that things I make in one or two minutes are very likeable. I like them and others like them too! Somehow when I think I’m testing a brush on a scrap of paper before throwing it in the bin, something good happens. Being all done in a moment, there is […]

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Still Life at the RAA

30m drawing class at the RAA. Produced 3 good sketches out of 10. Pushed into negative with saturation using Snapseed. The blue one is done without looking at the paper. Both done in 2 minutes. here are my original drawings: Here’s the trio, ready to frame: Trius Blocus Discus. #fromlife #watercolour, #painting, #art, #drawing, #nofilter […]

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Dandelions

The amazing poet and polymath, Godfrey Rust asked me about a watercolour of dandelions dispersing seed against an azure sky. It’s the second CD cover I’ve been asked for in this new year. It’s a real problem though. The dandelion is made up of hundreds of fine stems which in a 2D painting equates to […]

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Over Haddon

Sketching a cottage in the Derbyshire Dales. First shot: I don’t think there’s any character to this. I want to push the perspective: Then added some colour: The roof is too heavy. And the perspective is all over the place! It’s hard working from an extreme panoramic photo. I try again using maths to project […]

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