Painting in France goes painting in South Africa..

January 2018. Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa. We've been visiting Monica's family over Christmas which has been a new experience for me - my first 'hot' Christmas. Looking at the weather currently lashing Europe, it was a good move. While we were here we visited the Montagu Nature Garden and Hugo De Wet, proprietor [...]

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 [...]