Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Lunch at the Rose Tree

Lunch at the Rose Tree
watercolour on arches watercolour paper
14 x 20 inches
This little restaurant with its bright umbrellas is a favourite sight and a popular location and at this time of year there are always a lot of people eating outside. This was painted from many smaller sketchbook studies.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Set Aside

Set Aside
I came across this little trailer on a recent walk when I was expecting to be able to paint/sketch a landscape. I felt sorry for it and the air of abandonment which surrounded it.
It's a mistake to go on a painting outing with a preconceived idea of what you are going to paint. Sometimes it is necessary to get out of your comfort zone and try something a little different, or challenge yourself to new subject matter. It doesn't matter if your initial attempt is a little disappointing - at least you tried - and in the process new techniques may occur to you, or you may use a colour range you had not thought of before.
And from this, great things may happen!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Roses round the door

This picture- postcard little cottage in Hutton-Le-Hole is actually for sale and who wouldn't want to live here? I can't imagine it will be on the market for long.
It was the perfect day when we saw it on our way around the village but you'd probably have to make sure you stock up the freezer in winter!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Yorkshire continued...

Scarborough Lighthouse
Another sketchbook page from our recent trip north. Luckily the seagulls weren't interested in mugging us for our fish and chips !
The sketchbook is an ordinary Daler Rowney A4 cartridge paper. It doesn't like too much water, but then I tend not to use too much anyway.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Hutton le Hole

The Old School House
The old school house is now a gift shop in this beautiful and popular Yorkshire village where sheep roam at will. Every cottage is a picture waiting to be painted. The little craft centre is worth a visit too.

Monday, 10 August 2015


Boat of flowers
We visited North Yorkshire for a short break recently and one port of call was Whitby. It was so windy it was difficult to stay upright. It was also extremely crowded but we managed to have a good look around. This little boat caught my eye as we made our way back to the car.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Last of the lavender

Last of the lavender
watercolour on paper
This will be the last field of lavender to be harvested and distilled from this year's growth at the Cotswold Lavender farm and yesterday was the perfect day to see it.