January & February 2022

A new year and I’m looking at developing new ideas in my art. I don’t want to lose my watercolour techniques but try to introduce new colours, tools and compositions. Here are my paintings for the first two months of 2022, a mixture of plein air and studio work. Plus I’ve returned to Virtual Ribble with some paintings from Google Street View.

River Mole at Leatherhead
Thames at Weybridge (Plein Air)
Postman at Ripley (Plein Air)
Leatherhead Bridge (Plein Air)
Denbies (Plein Air)
Shere (Plein Air)
Battersea Power station (Plein Air)
Three Pigeons, Guildford (Plein Air)
Guildford Skyline
Common Meadow, Leatherhead. Oils
Katoomba, Australia (Google Street View)
Ambleside, Lakes , (Google Street View)
Burnley (Google Street View)
Slaidburn, Lancashire (Google Street View)
Slaidburn (Google Street View)
Mount Vernon, Virginia (Google street View)
Still Life

London Pubs

On my daily commute though London I pass some very attractive and original pubs. Thinking a little more, it makes sense for pubs to attract custom by being outstanding and attractive but they seem to do this better than most other retail outlets I know.

Below are a couple of sketches, both started as line drawings which I drew in situ but I’ve added a watercolour wash afterwards. They are in a small Windsor & Newton sketch book that has really sturdy paper.

There is such a wealth of  interesting pubs in London this could become a book – with the bonus of a beer afterwards (and a toilet, sitting for a length of time in the cold has its effect)


Line and wash sketch

The Bishops Finger, West Smithfield

Blackfriar Pub, Blackfriars

Blackfriar Pub, Blackfriars