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Painting en plein air in the south of France…

  The end of May and temperatures are rising here in the Languedoc. This week we've been busy every day with painting holiday guests and regulars - painting en plein air as well as two studio days. Scenes have varied from fast flowing rivers to ancient watermills and restored wind mills. What's proved popular is [...]


Millie. Our English Springer Spaniel – watercolour portrait.

Ah, the joys of dog ownership....Millie, our Springer Spaniel is our constant companion whether galloping around the vineyards or lounging in an old armchair in the studio.  She's 3 years old and so long overdue for a proper 'sitting'.  In this digital age it's so easy to take lots of reference photos until you're happy [...]


Venetian gondolas – watercolour (and gouache) tutorial

  Gondolas. It could only be Venice. Here's a tutorial I've put together based on this wonderful photograph courtesy of Google Images.  It's slightly enhanced colour wise but I like it for it's graphic composition. Start with a good horizontal line for the sea level, the rest can be freehand sketching. I've omitted the pontoons [...]


South Africa – Painting en plein air. Nearly.

I've realised that I'm not averse to some winter sunshine, and there was plenty during our family visit to South Africa - Montagu, Western Cape  to be exact. While I was there, I was invited to join a local painting group on a couple of occasions. Painting en plein air had been discussed but the 'stoep' [...]