Saturday, April 9, 2022

Upcoming RI Exhibition London

These are my three paintings that have been selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 210th exhibition.

The exhibition is open from 14th April to 23 April 2022. It is held at the Mall Galleries in London.

The exhibition is of very high standard, displaying a wide range of subjects, ideas and styles. This is my tenth year exhibiting with the RI, and I am very proud to be associated with these talented artists again. 

 'Keepsake Comes to Life' is the title of this watercolour and gouache painting. It is my first painting of a trompe l'oeil on paper.

It features a torn and once-loved image of a feverfew plant taped to a wooden board. The image is struggling to spring back to life.


'Sand Dunes' features plants growing on the sand dunes at Harlech, North Wales. 

'Sand and Shadows' the play of deep shadows in the sand is the main feature of this painting.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

International Artist magazine


It's nice to get into an art magazine now and again. My watercolour and gouache painting 'Rhododendron' made it into the International Artist magazine October/ November edition, as a finalist in the Florals and Gardens Challenge.

Sunday, September 5, 2021



I painted this picture of Valerian using watercolour and gouache.
The tiny little flowers of the Valerian were quite fiddly to paint, but I do enjoy painting small details. To paint the flower heads I used washes of permanent rose, carmine, permanent magenta and alizarin crimson.

The leaves are just as interesting as the flowers, being stalk-less and joined around the stem. I used washes of sap green, oxide of chromium, midnight green and neutral tint for the strong shadows.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours


'Rubus fruticosus, Bramble' is one of my two paintings selected to be shown at the Royal Instititute of Painters in Water Colours 209th Exhibition, held at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. 

The exhibition runs from 20 to 29 May 2021, 11am to 4pm. Tickets have to be booked in advance at 

This promises to be an excellent exhibition, and it's wonderful that live exhibitions are beginning to happen once again, I am so happy to be part of it. 

There is always such a diverse range of art work at the RI, and the exhibition showcases all that can be achieved in watercolour. 

Friday, February 26, 2021


This is my watercolour and gouache painting of a Navelwort, Umbilicus rupestris, or common names Wall Pennywort, Penny-pies. I came across this plant growing in a wall by St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

I had seen green ones before, but never one this bright colour. I discovered that if the navelwort grows in a sunny position it can turn red in the sunlight.

The name navelwort is a reference to the shape of the leaves, in the center is a navel-like depression. 

The colours I used to paint this where alizarin crimson, permanent rose, permanent magenta, quinacridone magenta and permanent mauve.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Latest watercolour painting Saltmarsh Goosefoot


The Saltmarsh Goosefoot is a fascinating small plant. Here it is growing among the pebbles down on the sea shore at Milford on Sea, Poole Bay in Hampshire.

The plant is quite striking and strong in colour, but is almost camoflaged within the flint pebbles. It usually grows lying face downwards.

I am concentrating on painting coastal plants at the moment because I am planning another book 'Coastal Plants' in my 'Watercolour Secrets' series.

Friday, November 13, 2020



With Christmas just around the corner to cheer us all up, thoughts are turning to snowmen and mistletoe and... well, holly.

Why not have a go at painting this 'Holly, Ilex aquifolium' watercolour and gouache painting yourself. It is a step-by-step demonstration from my book, 'Watercolour Secrets: Raindrops'.

And don't forget to add the raindrops.

Book available here, on amazon