art, watercolours, painting, Line and wash, autumn, Norfolk

Norfolk farm

This is a watercolour of the farm where I stayed when painting in Norfolk last week; some lovely autumn skies.

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art, autumn, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Overy Staithes, Line and wash, Norfolk, painting, watercolours

Painting in Norfolk

Famous the world over for its light and huge variety of painterly subjects, I’ve spent two days mainly plein air painting in North Norfolk with John Hoar around Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe. Here are the (mixed) results. It’s an inspiring place to paint.

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art, autumn, Line and wash, painting, watercolours, welsh border

Autumn Walk

There seems to be an autumnal theme in my current paintings. Maybe because we here in the UK have had a unusually warm and sunny summer, I’m driven to think of the beauty of the sudden cooler days and gradual changes of the leaves to vibrant russets, reds and oranges. Anyway, this scene is of the Welsh/Shropshire border near where my oldest and dear friend Mike lives. We went walking here in June.

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art, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Line and wash, painting, watercolours

Line and wash

Sometimes I like to use a bamboo and matchstick ‘pen’ with Indian ink to create a picture to be then painted with watercolour. A matchstick is much better than a commercially bought pen because if you sharpen it into a wedge you can get both fine and thick lines and you can add texture by shading.

Here’s a picture of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol UK using this method.

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art, Ireland, Rye, watercolours, windmill

Two fast watercolours

Here are two quickly painted scenes- by quickly I mean as bold as I can, first wash quickly and confidently applied. Two very different days; a broody, cloudy, showery and windy day for the Windmill at Rye, East Sussex and a bright, clear day with the odd threat of a shower at St John’s Point, Donegal.,

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