Leisure Painter article – part three

Part three of five articles I have written for Leisure Painter Magazine – the article is about ‘Sketching and Painting techniques’ and features my painting ‘February’s Song’.

Prints of this piece can be purchased from my website.




A Life of Birds

I posted a tweet yesterday about a sketchbook called, ‘A Life of Birds’. It’s a preliminary sketchbook of birds which is categorised into families and can be used as a guide. I have sourced information from the RSPB and other sites such as BTO and others.

It’s an ongoing project which I would like to, one day, have published into a ‘real’ book.

Here are the first three pages.


Leisure Painter Magazine

I have written five articles for Leisure Painter Magazine. The first article will be on sale 23rd March.

A brief of the articles which will be published each month, along with step by step guides on how to paint with watercolour.

  1. Useful resources and good places/artists to look for inspiration. taking and working from reference material and life and models.
  2. Colours, materials.
  3. Sketching and painting techniques.
  4. How to create form.
  5. Texture and life.



Work in progress

I have recently started a new series which depicts each month, obviously the first month I have completed, is January. The series will be published in Leisure Painter Magazine, each month, together with an article I will write about the painting processes and techniques of watercolour painting etc.

The inspiration came from a book which was bought for me by Edith Holden – ‘The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady. I find Edith’s depictions of nature very fascinating and inspiring.

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I am working on the second piece for February, here are some progress shots.

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