Day 15: Days slip away

Days slip away with swimming in the sea, discovering a new giant pebble beach, hidden beyond a rough steep track that falls away perilously from the coastal road. Days slip away with sleeping in the afternoon, after cooking from the full flavoured local produce. Or soaking up poetry in a good chair in the shade, […]

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Day 13: Arrival in Aegina

I have a new Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, but trying out a nice clean, square-format Seawhite book for monochrome sketching. First drawings are all of the familiar things here on the island of Aegina, where I have spent summers since about 1972. Finally, after many weeks of being too busy, my watercolours come out. I begin […]

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Art Show: Practical Advice

I learned a lot while setting up my first Art Show at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes. Much of this is thanks to Lisa Ross and The Team who I cannot thank enough for their encouragement and assistance from start to finish. 1.Diary Plan ahead. When should everything be framed and packed? When will […]

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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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