Thursday, 25 February 2016

Under the motorway: February.

The biggest change this month is that the sun has returned. It's high enough in the sky so that I'm not shivering today. And there's the first bit of new greenery shooting from the carpet of dead leaves.

Ink and watercolour, 31 x 23cm. Click to enlarge.

(Ninth in a series: Click here to see the rest.)

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Trying to paint smaller and faster, as it's still too cold outside to hang around for long. Here are a few tree sketches, each 13 x 9cm.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Wallace Collection

In London again, with the Urban Sketchers.

AM: Outside the Wallace Collection: Drawing the portico, and dashing under it when rain started. Spot the other sketchers!

Ink and watercolour, 43 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

PM: Inside the Wallace, drawing the paintings in the Great Gallery. Can you see the other sketchers here as well?

No messy media allowed in the gallery, so just: Ink, 43 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Winter allotments

Quiet in the park 
The allotments hibernate
 A good place to paint

Ink and watercolour 31 x 23cm

Sunday, 14 February 2016

First signs of Spring?

Sun shining through the trees in the edgelands between the motorway and the housing estate. Can't remember how to paint shadows, it's been so long.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Banana tree

Sometimes, what attracts you to a scene initially turns out not to be the most interesting thing. Here, it was the volcano-like tree trunk that I saw first, but as I drew the scene, what turned out to be more exciting was the banana hanging from one of the branches. We don't get a lot of banana trees growing in this part of Sussex.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Chasing trains

The 14.53 from London Victoria crossing the bridge over the River Eden just north of Lingfield Park. Only four trains an hour on this line, and you have to capture the shape and colour in the five seconds that they take to pass.

Ink and watercolour, 31 x 24 cm.