Friday 27 January 2023

paint a historic coastal tower in sardinia

Paint a Sardinian coastal tower in pen and watercolour

All along the coast of Sardinia are these wonderful coastal towers. Every one is a little different and they're always in a spectacular position.

Dating from around 1570 onwards, a series of coastal towers was built right around the island to defend it from pirates coming from North Africa. The idea was to have each tower within communication range of the next one, to be able to give ample warning to the inhabitants.

These towers make wonderful sketching subjects and I thought you might want to follow step-by-step with me on this one.

Full step-by-step tutorial and reference photo on Patreon.

Thursday 12 January 2023

an abandoned railway station in sardinia


Statzione di Villagrande Strisaili - pen & watercolour

High in the hills of Sardinia we came across this abandoned railway station. It's pink! My favourite colour :-)

All sorts of interesting parts to this sketch - one and two point perspective, winter trees, a tiny person and, of course, an old building.

New lesson on Patreon this week - join me here.

Thursday 5 January 2023

paint a snowy landscape in just 2 colours


a winter watercolour landscape in just 2 colour

Beautiful greys and a very limited palette are the focus of this lesson. We'll use just two colours (a blue and a brown) to mix a range of greys to paint a little cabin in the snow. You can choose your favourite blue and brown and make this scene your own.

New lesson on Patreon this week. Join me here.

Wednesday 4 January 2023

new online workshop - atmospheric landscapes

Join me and The Hawaii Watercolor Society in this workshop focused on "Atmospheric Landscapes in Pen and Watercolour." 

Together we will be painting two different scenes with a focus on giving your paintings a sense of depth and emotion. We'll be covering the theory of aerial perspective, and more importantly storytelling, to invite a viewer right into your painting. As for method - we'll apply watercolour first, then a touch of pen work to finish the painting.

Bookings through the society. Non members are welcome too.

See you there!