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 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 (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