A Sketching Tip...

A sketchbook is a great thing to have at hand when you are out and about.

Quick sketches are just as valid as longer planned out drawings, but can become even more important in
developing technique and addressing the immediacy of a scene or view.

Don’t worry what people think as it is about you experimenting with the media and seeing what does and
doesn’t work. I like using a soft 2B pencil into washes of watercolour or acrylic while it is still wet.

The pencil works well with the layers of colour and can emphasis a loose approach while getting important
detail, line and shape. The pencil becomes stronger when the paper is wet.

A trip to Seville in Spain gave me the opportunity to experiment further with this technique.

Whether I was sketching a fountain and trees near the Plaza de Espana or outside the Museum of Fine Arts
sketching the building and people talking on benches, it was great to mix the pencil with the watercolour.

The great thing about a sketchbook is that when you look back at pages, you can remember who was talking to
you at the time of the sketch and even the weather and smells. It’s like opening a video recording! I love
sketching out and about.

You will learn and understand more as you increase your sketching.

Other Updates

Feature in 'The Artist' Magazine - June 2021

May 3, 2021

It's always nice to see a write up in a magazine and recognition. This one is in 'The Artist' Magazine about a recent online demo for Exmouth Art Group & Sidmouth Society of Artists...

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New Work at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry.

April 30, 2021

I have 5 colourful acrylic paintings on show at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry.

If you get a chance, pop in to take a look!

Their website is www.willowgalleryoswestry.org and you can navigate to the paintings section...

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New work delivered to Oriel y Bont (Bridge Gallery), Aberystwyth.

March 3, 2021

Just delivered 4 paintings to Oriel y Bont (Bridge Gallery, Aberystwyth.

  1. Llanbedrog, Llyn Peninsula - Acrylic on Canvas...

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February 21, 2021

Just Announced... I have just released 3 separate Zoom workshops for March 2021.

Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th March 2021.

Saturday 3rd & 10th April 2021.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants and only £20...

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December 5, 2020

Next summer I will be tutoring on two painting holidays for 'Shades ofFrance' in the Parc Naturel du Perigord-Limousin in South West France.

The first week 26th June - 3rd July 2021 is now FULLY BOOKED...

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Latest Newsletter just released...

November 18, 2020

Here is my latest Monthly Newsletter. You can download a pdf of it here...

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Painting Holiday France 2021 now SOLD OUT

November 17, 2020

I will be tutoring at Shades of France in June 2021 for a week of painting, great locations and lovely cuisine. This is now Fully Booked...

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Just released... 2 Day Workshop at Dorothy Clive Garden THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL THE SPRING DUE TO LOCK DOWN

November 7, 2020


Following a successful 'Plein air' Painting 2 DayWorkshop at Dorothy Clive Gardens in September, I will be running a 2 day 'Seed Heads from the Garden' Workshop...

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New work at Oriel y Bont, Aberystwyth

October 27, 2020

New work has now been delivered and is currently on display at Oriel y Bont (Bridge Gallery) Aberystwyth.

You can contact the gallery on 01970 627307...

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Zoom Painting Demonstrations

October 14, 2020

I offer 'Zoom' Painting Demonstrations to Art Groups and Societies which is proving quite popular.

If this is something that may be of interest to you, just get in contact and we can discuss further.

A Painting Demonstration over a few...

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New Smaller Paintings on Board now Available..

September 23, 2020

I have been working recently on a number of smaller 20 x 30cm acrylic paintings on board. These are now available. Drop me a line if interested...

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Mountain Stream step by step painting

August 31, 2020

People often ask me about the process of acrylic on paper, so here goes. These show 4 stages of a painting as it develops...

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'Art Share Love' magazine.

July 13, 2020

Work and zoom demonstrations featured in July edition of 'Art Share Love' magazine. This is a magazine that is available at galleries in Wales and the Borders...

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Workshop Announced...

May 20, 2020

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2020 - Painting the garden. A 2 Day Workshop creating coloured drawings on day 1, then developing into paintings on day 2. £118 for the two days. Places Available. Dorothy Clive Garden is intimate...

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