I had a great time on Thursday talking to Creative arts students as part of the Festival of Discovery at the University of Exeter about watercolour impressionists such as Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Hoar. Then I did a quick demo in the style of the latter. The students were fantastic in their responses. Here’s the demonstration
I needed to get back to painting watercolours. Here are two recent Spring flower paintings plus the Connemara coast and a view over the village of Chittlehampton in North Devon.
Now settled in new house I’m painting again and enjoying both acrylic and watercolour. Here are four recent paintings.
Moving house recently has got in the way of painting but here are some watercolours painted over the last couple of months .
Here￼￼ are two recent paintings. They are, a study of three trees and an attempt at capturing one of the October sunrises at Renvyle in Connemara where I recently spent a week. Very difficult to capture in watercolour but I’m reasonably happy with this.
Once again I had the privilege of spending five days at the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara painting under the kind tutelage of the best watercolorist in England today, John Hoar. These five are all paintings of scenes nearby. It’s an astonishingly beautiful part of the world and the hotel, with its friendly staff, magnificent restaurant, turf (peat for the uninitiated ) fires and Connemara single malt, is a wonderfully stress free zone.
I’m looking forward to another trip to Connemara on the west coast of Ireland in October for five days painting. Here’s a typical scene in watercolour with some bamboo and matchstick pen thrown in! I only used four colours to paint this; Payne’s grey, raw sienna, burnt umber and Winsor blue (red shade).
Here we have two recent watercolours painted with the great John Hoar. The west of Ireland (edge of the world) and a snowy North Devon. These were painted fast and free.
I’ve sold a few of these lately so I couldn’t resist painting another just to keep me company .
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.,