Sunday, 18 August 2019

Along the Coastal Path original pastel painting

Along the Coastal Path

15 x 11 inches

Price £230.00

Wind in the Sails

Walking along the Coastal path from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay.

The  Steep Cliff edge on one side

Wildflowers along the other.

A Strong Wind keeping the showers away and the Warm Sun shining down.

Gazing along the horizon, Seals playing in the waves below.

Turquoise bays and fishing boats and a sky full of billowing clouds.

All inspired this pastel painting full of memories of the Yorkshire Coast.

To purcase this original painting or for more details email

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Bee Inspired


Bee Inspired

Take your time
Sit and Ponder
Try out ideas
Use scraps of paper for rehearsal  paintings
Have a sketchbook always handy, even to jot down ideas.

Having the subject in front of you can bring a whole new dimension to your painting.

Bee Happy
Painted in Watercolours
Size 7.5 x 16.5 inches
For sale unframed for more details
email Jane

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Painting Block.

It's been a while
But now  I'm back
Things can happen in life, that change the way you feel.
I can't even write down how sad I felt.
For a while I didn't want to paint, and it's no good forcing paint to flow.
I got back out into the beauty of nature.
I started running, walking and gently picked up the paints again.
If you feel a block or have no passion for painting, just take your time and it will return.

I started back with a sketchbook.
I treated myself to a new Moleskin, not to big, perfect for taking out at any time.
It's not just for painting
I like to write why and when and what is.
Nothing is more magical
Nor more special
Than resting in a Woodland Glade
With the sound of Birdsong and
heavenly scented  sunlit  Bluebells.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Create your own Bluebell Wood in watercolours.

A sunny Spring morning and a perfect day to demonstrate 
painting a Bluebell Wood in watercolours.

 Watercolour paper
A handful of brushes including a couple of riggers and a Hake or sft flat brush
Tubes of Cobalt Blue, Permanent or Opera Rose, Winsor Yellow or any bright Primary Yellow, Winsor Blue and a touch of Burnt Sienna.
Masking Tape or Fluid
 And a little inspiration to have hours of fun, creating your own Bluebell scene

Bluebell Walk painted in watercolours 
Size 20 x 10 inches.

My easy watercolour tutorial covers everything you need to know, with step by step instructions and lots of handy tips and secrets.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Lakeland oil demonstration

A Wednesday morning Demonstration in Keswick.
We started with a toned  yellow canvas, sat on the easel.
Portrait was decided.
Colours were kept to mainly primary
Ultramarine Blue, Crimson Alizaron, Winsor Yellow and white.
Some of my fellow artists were new to Oil paints, 
so a limited palette is much easier when beginning.

I applied a very small amount of Liquid Clear.
I don't always use this medium, but for the approach in this demo it would be ideal.

Ultramarine and Crimzon  was applied loosely into the sky.
Soft Yellow and White blended together to form atmospheric clouds in the sky.
These were all softened together with a large brush.
The class enjoyed this section and quoted 'it was quite a workout' on a cold Winter morning.

With a base of a sky painted giving a tonal range, mountains 
in the distant Borrowdale valley were then  applied.

Reflections and similar shades used in the sky were painted into the lake, 
softening with a large flat brush.
A few ripples are added in the foreground 
at the end of this very enjoyable Demonstration.

Fancy learning English watercolours with my online course with personal feedback and helpful hints on all projects. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Winter sky Eden Valley

Winter Sky, Eden Valley

Painted in Watercolours

I look across this view each morning,
It fills me with delight,
to see it wrapped in a blanket of fresh snow.

I painted this with a limited palette of magical colours, Cobalt Turquoise being one.
Lots of white paper was left untouched. And no pre-sketching, just in with a brush loaded with paint.

Winter Sky, Eden Valley
Original watercolour 
Size 9 x 7 inches

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

French Doorway Watercolour tutorial.

French Doorway

Painted in watercolours

Learn the secrets of watercolour painting,  a typical French Doorway scene inspired in a truly beautiful rural French setting. A quiet Alpine village in Summer, Cow bells ringing in the valley, high mountain snow capped hills and sunny doorways full of  pots brimming with Geraniums. Logs are piled above the  Sunny doorway ready for the Winter snow. 

Why not have a go, with my easy step by step French Doorway project. Learn the secrets of watercolours, which materials to use and many different techniques are covered in step by step with plenty of clear photographs sent to you direct by email.

This download can be viewed on your computer, tablet or printed to work from. It includes my step by step with many colour photographs, how I approach a painting in watercolours and includes a guide to materials  giving handy tips on equipment and those magical techniques that can bring a watercolour to life. This project is for Personal use only.