Tuesday 11 October 2016

Winter Blue

Winter Blue
Watercolour on paper
37cm x 37cm

Having painted lots of commissions recently working to quite precise requirements, I decided it was time to push the boundaries and see how loose I could make a subject, yet it still be recognisable.  And with an injection of colour in the form of blue, I mixed a myriad of different colours in my palette and "went for it"!

There is no medium quite like watercolour, in my opinion, where it really does it's own thing when you let it.  I loved painting this and hope you like my little touch of Winter Blue!

Happy pansies :-)

Saturday 20 August 2016

Painting white

I was lost in Hestercombe Gardens on a beautiful summers evening!  There was not much time to spare to find the small opening in the trees where I was to see a short drama production – I didn’t want to miss it and was striding along with purpose!
Catching a glimpse of something bright along the side of the path was enough to make me backtrack  to take a second look.  It was a single foxglove, backlit and standing tall and solitary against a dark green background.  My quick snapshot photo doesn’t really do it justice – it simply glowed.  I had to try and capture this moment on paper.  So just how would you tackle this tricky subject?  On closer inspection, there is actually very little white on the flower and the bits you can see really do accentuate the strong, low sunlight.  With watercolour, you have to be mindful of where you wish to see white.  Leaving dry paper where the white needs to be gives the brightest highlights.
The small painting is my interpretation of what I saw on that lovely evening at Hestercombe Gardens.  One day I hope to paint the whole foxglove – a custom frame would be needed as I can visualise a very tall narrow painting!
These moments are a reminder to make sure you have camera with you all the time, you never know when a glimpse of a subject will give you inspiration for a painting.
The gardens at Hestercombe House are truly beautiful.   On the evening I visited, the scent from the roses was amazing.  Well worth a visit.

Monday 23 May 2016

Busy Bee

Honey Bee
Watercolour on Paper
72cm x 56cm

Private Commission
Image ©KayeParmenter 2016

My latest commission is five large watercolours for a luxury holiday accommodation in Somerset – one painting for each of five beautiful bedrooms.
Having visited the amazing barn conversion to discuss the paintings, we agreed that the paintings were to be big and colourful.  To my delight, one of the subjects discussed was to paint a favourite of mine…the fabulous honey bee.
This painting is indeed quite large, the frame measures nearly a metre wide and it was an absolute dream to paint.  The bee almost felt like it was coming alive under my brush and I loved the freedom of dropping  sumptuous colours onto the paper.
I am nearing completion of the commissions and I hope to share details soon of both the holiday accommodation and further images of the paintings.  I have a great, busy week planned, working to deadlines with an event approaching next weekend.  I’ll be back with more pics soon!

Wednesday 11 May 2016

A first step....

Strength, Determination, Courage, Spirit, Hope
Watercolour on paper
Various sizes

With the Invictus games underway, it seemed a great time to finalise my fundraising and make the donation payment to Combat Stress.  Thank you to everyone who purchased my snowdrop paintings, we have raised enough money to pay for a consultation with a psychiatrist - a crucial first step in coming to terms with the harrowing memories of combat.  

Monday 9 May 2016

Not the Monday Blues

"Woodland Wonder"
Watercolour on paper

A2 Gallery Wells,
"Land, Air and Water Exhibition" 12th-29th May

Wishing everyone a happy and inspiring week!

Friday 6 May 2016

Dreams take flight

"When fears are grounded, dreams take flight"
©KayeParmenter 2016

A2 Gallery Wells
Air Land and Sea
Exhibition 12th-29th May 2016

80 High Street

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Piglet and Fly

"Piglet and Fly"
Watercolour on paper
Private commission
©KayeParmenter 2016

Hope this watercolour painting brings a smile.  


Friday 29 April 2016

Lean and mean

Private Commission
56cm x 37cm
©KayeParmenter 2016


I have always enjoyed painting large, loose atmospheric skies.  Adding the aircraft brings a different dimension with regards to technique, loose versus detail.


Saturday 23 April 2016

Swan Beauty

"Swan Beauty"
Watercolour on paper
©Kaye Parmenter 2016

A2 Gallery 
80 High Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2AJ
01749 674849

Swan inspired by a visit to Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels Easter 2016.


Tuesday 19 April 2016

Take a peek

Watercolour on paper
303 Gallery Martock

Balancing the use of hard and soft edges to create form in this playful otter.  

Tuesday 12 April 2016

From white to black

Original Watercolour
Private commission

From my last post saying it's tricky to keep the whites, it is probably just as tricky to paint black! :-)  I don't use Paynes Grey - I always mix my black and then, as the watercolour dries, the colours gently separate in places giving a soft colour to the fur.


Saturday 9 April 2016

Keeping the Whites

Original Watercolour
Commissioned painting for Charity donation

This was an incredibly challenging yet rewarding piece to paint.  With lots of fur and fine soft wispy edges, retaining the whites in this painting was the key issue. 

Sid's owners were really pleased with their painting and I was delighted to be able to contribute via the charity aspect of this painting.

Monday 21 March 2016

Farewell Sea King

Sea King Original Watercolour final flight helicopter seaking
Sea King Mk 4
Final Flight

One of the benefits of being self-employed is that I can juggle the hours in the day to cover an impromptu opportunity when it arises.  Today was one of those days.  I downed brushes to climb to the top of Glastonbury Tor to wave goodbye to the Sea King Mk 4 as it toured the Southwest on a final flight.  It was moving!
The formation of five helicopters arrived at the Tor and then flew a circuit around before the final leg to Yeovilton.  Being up high, we were close enough to wave a farewell to the crew!

Seaking original watercolour Sea King helicopter commando

Wednesday 16 March 2016

A gentle grey

greyhound, dog, watercolour, painting, commission, art
Watercolour on paper
56cm x 37cm

A lovely lady asked when I would be painting a greyhound, and here is my painting.  And, it's not really grey, more taupe :-)   

Monday 7 March 2016

On The Road...

original watercolour painting of stag art artist

Watercolour  on paper 
56cm x 37cm

As much as I love time creating in the studio, getting out and about is fun.  I am on the road today with my stag, delivering to a venue where hopefully his thoughtful gaze can be enjoyed.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Heat of the moment

Long tailed tit, watercolour, painting, art, watercolor, gallery, bird

"Heat of the moment"
Watercolour on paper
A2 Gallery
(01749) 674849

A big welcome to viewers of my blog and I hope you like my latest watercolour. These tiny birds have to huddle together to keep warm at night. The birds on the end are fluffed up with their heads down, doorstops to the ones squished in the middle. 

Reminds me of a cold camping trip we had in Wales :-)

Saturday 27 February 2016

Cheeky Otter

otter original watercolour in gallery painting art artist somerset

Latest delivery to the A2 Gallery in Wells

Original watercolour on paper
37cm x 15cm
Otter study
Hint of silver leaf on whiskers to emulate droplets of water

A2 Gallery
80 High Street
01749 674 849

Thursday 25 February 2016

Watercolour workshop

Friday 19th March
Wessex Rooms, Somerton TA11 7ND

It has been a while since I have provided any “live” tuition and, following many enquiries, I have decided to organise a one-day workshop. Are you struggling with watercolour and need some help? I am offering this one day workshop to help individuals really get to grips with wet-in-wet watercolour via demonstrations and personal help where needed. We will paint a variety of subjects throughout the day. The class size will be limited to 8 people.

Please click on link www.kayeparmenter.co.uk/tuition/wor... to book

Friday 19 February 2016

A tightrope between success and failure

Original watercolour painting of bee on flower

It has been the most amazing week and I have received lots of enquiries from people looking for help with their watercolours. I promise I will organise some "live" tuition soon but in the meantime there is online tuition on my website. I love that fact that watercolour is so popular and standing strong amongst  the other mediums. It is not the easiest medium to paint with yet, in my opinion, it is addictively exciting.

For my birthday recently, I received the wonderful book "Inspired by Light" by the amazingly talented Ken Howard.  There is a section in the book about watercolours and a part made me smile.  He says "with a watercolour painting I feel I am walking a tightrope between success and failure.  When it is finished I am often exhausted.  As a medium, watercolour is much more demanding than oils"

Does that sound familiar? :-)

Sunday 14 February 2016


"The worst part about being strong is
no one asks if you are ok"

Help me raise money for combat stress


Three mini paintings sold this morning, thank you everyone x

Tuesday 9 February 2016

The journey of a thousand miles....

"Hope" Watercolour on Paper

Begins with a small step

“The snowdrop, for me, symbolises bravery, determination and strength.  They are one of the very first flowers to appear at the start of our year, appearing at a time when sometimes we have some of our most inclement weather. 
The more general symbolic meaning is the beginning of something new or to overcome situations that might seem hopeless.  They sometimes are connected with bringing confidence.
The snowdrops flower message is typically positive, signifying hope, rebirth and a bright future.”

So onto my reason for this post!  The reason I have highlighted this flower to paint is to raise money for a charity where I feel the above phrases and meanings may have relevance.
“Combat Stress” is a charity that I am aiming to support with a collection of paintings.  During the snowdrop flowering season of Feb and March, I hope to create and share as many snowdrop paintings as I can.  Please help me by spreading the word.  Each painting will be available for sale on a first come basis and all profit (excluding cost of mount and postage) will be donated to the charity at the end of March.
Painting (i)  is titled “Hope” watercolour on paper, size with mount 33cm x 53cm £55
To be notified when the next painting is ready to view, please email info@kayeparmenter.co.uk (and to save time, you can just put snowdrop in the email title).

UK Postage included.  For postage overseas, please contact so that delivery cost can be advised.

Tulip Time - National Trust