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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Le Pain Quotidien

Here’s a very quick (5m) sketch, coloured in next day (10m W&N Portable Paintbox) and then given a little boost with #Prisma #Gothic (25%) to strengthen the intensity of contrast and saturation. The lesson I take (again) and hope to learn (maybe this time) is to boldly use stronger colour in the first place.

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Handwritten Typography

How I do my hand drawn typography? I’ve been asked a few times. Here’s a tiny guide: First, find an example of a typeface with thick and thin strokes. Try Google Images, searching for “Handwritten Typography”. Spend a while looking at it. Which lines are thin? (Horizontal and forward leaning) Which lines are thick? (Vertical […]

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Art Club: Birch Trees

My grandchildren call it “Art Club” when we get the paints out. In this case, birch trees on a roll of lining paper. First the skeletons with Graphite Sticks: Next we added colour, and used clingfilm for texture. As usual the water brings contrast and tones out of the Graphite. I like this so much […]

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Suburban Sketching

I’m interrupting my project, “Four Evangelists” to produce four sketches or watercolours of Barnes Architecture. I’ve made a start with two quick sketches and one quick watercolour. I Add The OSO in Barnes Pond: I’m getting warmed up now after the Christmas break. So I choose the Pink House and go for a carefully rendered […]

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Advent Donkey

#Tombow watercolour and waterpen and dew scratches of Derwent Graphik inkliner. Copied from a post from The Ashmolean. #Watercolour, #painting, #art, #drawing, #filter #Prisma #Udne 20%

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Soluable Graphite

So, despite setting off to paint with watercolour, I’m playing more and more with quick monochrome sketches. This time, instead of using a Waterbrush to drag a graphite stick drawing around, I first fill the the Waterbrush with some watercolour paint. This still pulls the Graphite around and darkens it, but in a more colourful […]

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More Ink

Really into ink right now. Maybe more watercolour in 2018 when there’s time. #Watercolour, #painting, #art, #drawing, #nofilter Much later (17th April 2018) I processed the dog and framed him:

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I love ink. As opposed to pencil. The lines are not the same. The clarity is beautiful. The potential strength is great but elusive. Here are some quick sketches that show some recent development, and I hope to continue developing!

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Hilder Country

I’m inspired to copy some more from a book of Rowland Hilder watercolour paintings. The first is a breakthrough. However, in the second I immediately revert to reckless experimentation and impatience. The combination of Phthalo Turqoise (!) and wet on wet (instead of waiting for the base wash to dry) gives me a bold improvement […]

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Architecture 6/6 Eynsford

Finally we sit down to try everything we have learned. That includes perspective, tone, colour, line, depth,..  I choose to copy a Rowland Hilder. I’m going to stay with RH as my model for loose watercolour mixed with loose ink work depicting architecture in correct perspective.  Here’s my first shot: It looks even better framed: […]

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Architecture 5/6

This week we are looking at adding trees and characters (people) to bring scale and interest to an architectural painting. We do a couple of exercises and then begin. I select a photo of an old church yard. I attach some extra paper with masking tape and then with a ruler extend the rooflines to […]

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Urban Sketch: Spitalfields

Each drawing was about one hour. One in pencil the other in ink. Both in my 5×8″ Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. The architects in the group produced drawings of heart-aching beauty that inspired me to crawl up to higher levels if I possibly can. The craft and the art are separate problems. One is a question […]

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Bike & Sunflowers

Flattered to be offered a commission which also happens to be an interesting challenge.  Here’s the original: And here’s a #Prisma with #Gothic #filter (only 25%) version to obtain blocks of colour and a style of brush mark component shapes to aim for: Next step is to print using Microsoft “Paint” onto four borderless sheets. […]

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Art in Church?

Acknowledgement to nakedpastor.com for the above. Because I assert that real Art is about asking questions. Design & Craft is Expression; Art is Personal Expression If Art is “personal expression”, church could be the wrong platform for art. I was expressing myself in a worship band. Or was I expressing a mood “In The Spirit”. I was […]

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Architecture 3/6 

Third week is about “Tone”. We focus not on the perspective and not on the colour but only on the lightness and darkness of the areas in the picture. We try to represent shade and distance by the use of the lightness and darkness of any colour, and it’s all “relative”. Exercise one is “circle […]

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The Gig of My Life

This has been a draft blog for 5 years. I’m publishing now at last. Something to do with age. Anyway. Here it is: Last Saturday at St.Aldate’s Oxford, my band, “Our Dad” performed at a wedding.  Due to budgetary limitations, we were not able to field the entire team, featuring our spectacularly talented singer, keyboard […]

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