Month: August 2019

Return to the Sketchbook

I’ve been painting on watercolour paper (W&N) on my plein air travels but I have recently returned to using my sketchbook. I bought a small square sketchbook for black & white studies, exactly like the one I used in London five years ago and have drawn a couple of sketches in between paint outs.

Also I have returned to a larger format sketchbook which has been unused for a couple of years and like the informality it offers.


Thames at Shepperton

Cranleigh Barn

Barn at Cranleigh

ripley field

Hay Stacks at Ripley


Royal Festival Hall


Buckingham Palace


August Plein Air

Another busy month painting. I’ve returned to some of my favourite places and found some new ones with the two art groups I’m supporting.

Early August weather was wet and at times cold but the second half has been glorious.


Boxhill looking towards Denbies





Polesden farm

Polesden Farm


Polesden Lacey

Steers field to Dorking

Dorking from Steers Field

Bushy House

Bushy House, Bushy Park

Weyside Guildford

The Weyside, Guildford

Wey at Pyrford

The Wey Navigation at Pyrford

Erics garden

Towards Norbury from Mickleham

Walsham Lock

Walsham Gates, Ripley

Nower pond

Big Pond at the Nower Wood, Headley


Ride London, Leatherhead





Following our trip to Dorest in the Spring I’ve finally begun to get round to painting some of the places we visited. I’m using my own photos and trying some new watercolour/ink techniques.

We stayed in a village called Muckleford, which is situated by the river Frome. Every time went out we crossed the river over an old double bridge. This painting is from a photo I took on a walk to the local one evening.


River Frome, Dorset

Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying out layering techniques with watercolours and ink. This is an extract of a photo I took at Lulworth Cove, where I’ve taken the darks to their maximum, layered the greens and added the boat for interest.


Lulworth Cove

Man O’War beach, looking over the cliff to the cove below. On the other side of the cliff is Durdle Door


Man O’war Beach