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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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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Chord Hugo 2 review

What if you could buy a digital pre-amp with no analogue inputs? It could become common – just as integrated amps stopped including a photo stage. Here’s my report on an upgrade from 8XPdQX to the (FPGA Based) Hugo2. Both used as a digital preamp thus: Cyrus Stream X2 Chord Hugo 2 X Power + […]

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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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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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