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Self portrait

I have just started working through “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. So far so good – I love the psychology of drawing in the … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Fun with flowers

Inspired by the beautiful colours starting to emerge, I thought I would try painting some flowers this week. I’m reasonably pleased with the results considering these are my first efforts … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Venetian aquatint

I have this gorgeous print of an aquatint by Cadore that we bought in Venice a couple of years ago that I just love. Anyway, I thought for a change, … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · Leave a comment


Had to miss painting last weekend due to personal circumstances, so to make up for it I did a little yesterday as well as today. I decided to focus on … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment


This week I was practising painting water, following some exercises in the book Painting Water in Watercolour by Terry Harrison. I learnt a few things: I need more than an … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Transparent layers

Today I had a go at transparent layers, sky, mountains and trees. Here is my first attempt with the picture from the book (Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner by Matthew … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

The journey starts here: me and watercolours

I haven’t blogged for a while. We moved house last year to a different town which has meant I now have a commute to my job, I also started learning … Continue reading

February 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Modigliani at the Tate Modern

I went to see the Modigliani exhibition at the Tate Modern a couple of weeks ago with a friend. We hadn’t seen each other for a few years so we … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

My USS strike story

In case you aren’t aware , academics at the pre-92 universities in the UK have been on strike for 14 days over the past 4 weeks in response to plans … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Social media: description vs. reality

It’s a funny old thing social media. All those posts about what people are up can make you feel as though you are somehow failing at life, that your life … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment