Saturday, 2 December 2017

Pastures New

Life has been a bit mad since I last sat with you and wrote a blog.
Nigel and I have always dreamed of running a Bed and Breakfast in the Lakes.
And our dream came true in May this year.
It didn't happen overnight, I think the dream started a good Eighteen years ago.
But here I am typing at Clarence House in Keswick a lovely Victorian Guest house, that we never in our wildest dreams thought we would be running and living in.



Room Three King Size Ensuite

The first months were a blur, getting everything organised and painting certainly took a back step.
Now Life is starting to get in a happy and organised routine. 

The walls are full of paintings, the views from the windows make me stop and stare at the forever changing landscape and what a joy to be able to walk to the lake if we want each day.

Oh and I forgot to mention I have a art room and painting is back on track and just as enjoyable.



Room Five a double en suite with views of Blencathra




Room Six a lovely sized double en suite.

If you fancy coming and staying here is the website

Friday, 17 March 2017

Create your own Bluebell Wood in watercolours.


A sunny Spring morning and a perfect day to demonstrate 
painting a Bluebell Wood in watercolours.

Materials
 Watercolour paper
A handful of brushes including a couple of riggers and a Hake or sft flat brush
Tubes of Cobalt Blue, Permanent or Opera Rose, Winsor Yellow or any bright Primary Yellow, Winsor Blue and a touch of Burnt Sienna.
Masking Tape or Fluid
 And a little inspiration to have hours of fun, creating your own Bluebell scene




Bluebell Walk painted in watercolours 
Size 20 x 10 inches.



My easy watercolour tutorial covers everything you need to know, with step by step instructions and lots of handy tips and secrets.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Lakeland oil demonstration


A Wednesday morning Demonstration in Keswick.
We started with a toned  yellow canvas, sat on the easel.
Portrait was decided.
Colours were kept to mainly primary
Ultramarine Blue, Crimson Alizaron, Winsor Yellow and white.
Some of my fellow artists were new to Oil paints, 
so a limited palette is much easier when beginning.

I applied a very small amount of Liquid Clear.
I don't always use this medium, but for the approach in this demo it would be ideal.




Ultramarine and Crimzon  was applied loosely into the sky.
Soft Yellow and White blended together to form atmospheric clouds in the sky.
These were all softened together with a large brush.
The class enjoyed this section and quoted 'it was quite a workout' on a cold Winter morning.






With a base of a sky painted giving a tonal range, mountains 
in the distant Borrowdale valley were then  applied.



Reflections and similar shades used in the sky were painted into the lake, 
softening with a large flat brush.
A few ripples are added in the foreground 
at the end of this very enjoyable Demonstration.


Fancy learning English watercolours with my online course with personal feedback and helpful hints on all projects. 


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Winter sky Eden Valley



Winter Sky, Eden Valley

Painted in Watercolours

I look across this view each morning,
It fills me with delight,
to see it wrapped in a blanket of fresh snow.

I painted this with a limited palette of magical colours, Cobalt Turquoise being one.
Lots of white paper was left untouched. And no pre-sketching, just in with a brush loaded with paint.

Winter Sky, Eden Valley
Original watercolour 
Size 9 x 7 inches
£65.00

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

French Doorway Watercolour tutorial.



French Doorway

Painted in watercolours

Learn the secrets of watercolour painting,  a typical French Doorway scene inspired in a truly beautiful rural French setting. A quiet Alpine village in Summer, Cow bells ringing in the valley, high mountain snow capped hills and sunny doorways full of  pots brimming with Geraniums. Logs are piled above the  Sunny doorway ready for the Winter snow. 

Why not have a go, with my easy step by step French Doorway project. Learn the secrets of watercolours, which materials to use and many different techniques are covered in step by step with plenty of clear photographs sent to you direct by email.


This download can be viewed on your computer, tablet or printed to work from. It includes my step by step with many colour photographs, how I approach a painting in watercolours and includes a guide to materials  giving handy tips on equipment and those magical techniques that can bring a watercolour to life. This project is for Personal use only.



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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Day twenty two Art advent Langdales


Day twenty two Art advent 
Lovely 'Langdales ' 
Painted in Pastels

A beautiful scene that was a joy to paint, especially with Pastels 


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Day twenty one art advent Castlerigg stone circle


Day twenty one art advent 

Castlerigg stone circle 
painted in Pastels 


Winter solstice today, how great is it that the darkest day is here 
and days will just get lighter two minutes everyday.
The day I was inspired to paint this scene, I was joined by a few photographers all trying to catch the magical afternoon light after a dusting of fresh snow.