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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A selection of recent watercolour paintings I have done

Beinn Eighe from Incheril 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Painted from a photograph kindly offered to me by Keith Tilley, this is my impression of Beinn Eighe from Incheri.  As soon as I put those 2 trees in the centre of the picture I knew I'd made a compositional error.  I should have moved them further to the right, but never mind.
Book sales are disappointingly slow.  Indeed, if it wasn't for the lovely Gaenor over on Facebook I'd still be waiting for my first sale!  I'm beginning to think the cheap and cheerful black and white method may not work.  I did approach the publisher Collins and they pointed me in the direction of where authors, publishers, agents etc.converge so I'll have to have a think about that.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tomour on the North shores of Loch Tay 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a loose watercolour impression of Tomour on the north shores of Loch Tay.  All sales at

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Loch Lubnaig, Stirling 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Probably my favourite type of scene to paint - the view from the shores of a Scottish loch.  This watercolour is of Loch Lubnaig in Stirling.  The significant thing about this painting is that it is the first time I've ever fiddled with something and actually improved it!  As you gain experience it becomes easier to resist the temptation though it can still be a great tease.
The foreground rocks were done using my fingernail.  I used to scrape with a credit card but find a fingernail offers a much more subtle effect.  All painting sales are at

Friday, 7 May 2010

Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a loose impression of Loch Leven painted in watercolour.
It's been a bit of a nightmare this week after trying to change the domain address for this blog.  I was under the impression all of your old domain links were redirected to your new domain but unfortunately it's not strictly the case.  Therefore I've changed this blog back to the old domain to stay visible to everyone.  Hopefully everything is now back to normal!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Storr, Isle of Skye 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I kept the backdrop as simple as possible in this watercolour of The Storr on the Isle of Skye and just concentrated on trying to capture the light.  I felt a little boat in the foreground would help add interest.
I had an invite from YouTube to apply for the revenue sharing programme from the advertising next to one of my painting videos.  I applied for the advertising revenue sharing programme a while back but they declined due to my low video viewing figures.  If accepted it will only amount to a few pennies a day but if I can get many more videos into the programme it may amount to something more substantial.
One thing's for certain, I need to add some kind of narration to make them more viewable and interesting.  I've noticed the artist talks in the most popular videos but as yet I can't talk and paint at the same time.  I was thinking of adding a narration afterwards as I watch the video back.  That may work.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Eilean Donan Castle 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I kept the colours to a minimum for this watercolour of Eilean Donan Castle using just Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Payne's Gray.  I was eager to preserve the lighter area running through the centre of the painting to help create a little drama.
This blog's been inaccessible the last few days because I've changed the web address to to tie in with the launch of the book of the same name.  It takes Google a maximum of 3 days (or so they said) to change web addresses, though it's been slightly longer than that!
If this new book is successful, I'd like to produce a series of My Watercolour Diary books.  The black and white format allows me to sell them at what I think is a reasonable price of £4.95 plus p&p.  Personally, I think the paintings look OK in b/w.  In saying that, I've always liked b/w pictures but can appreciate others may feel differently.
I've started painting now without doing any preliminary sketching and find it quite liberating.  It really suits my impatience as I like to get the paint on the paper as quickly as possible.

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