My watercolour journey...continues

My watercolour journey...continues

People ask me a lot how long I have been painting , and the easy answer is as long as I can remember. I never stopped. We all draw and paint as children and then most people just stop , well I carried on and please don't ask me why?

I had no great talent , I was certainly no child prodigy but it was just in me I suppose. I loved art at school but when at 16 the 'O' level results came out and I had failed art along with most of my other subjects  I  just carried on painting and drawing ( rarely showing a soul) but I kept going and it has given me joy all my adult life.

So today I thought I would take a look back, I found an old sketch book dated 1992, when I exclusively painted and drew scenery, not a bird or hare to be seen.

This is a small sketch of the North York Moors

A Pen and Ink drawing of Staithes.

I predominantly painted and drew on holiday and was desperate to capture the sea

Here is an early seascape 

Then one around 10 years later

moving through the years

and on to my most recent seascapes

It is so interesting to see how my style changes ,it  gets more fluid,I begin to take more risks

Likewise with landscapes, Around 15 years ago I began going to a watercolour class at my local Arts Centre in Crediton and I learnt new styles, and was dragged kicking and screaming from my comfort zone....

I discovered Payne's Grey....

Then I began to paint Devon Lanes

I enjoyed painting flowers as I had a horticultural background too, my first attempt at bluebells....

Compared with some recent bluebells 

and many other flowers now too

Then around 10 years ago someone asked if I ever painted hares....

My first attempt.

Yikes should I even show you this !

which slowly evolved to 

until they became more like the hares I paint at the moment

A similar metamorphosis occurs with owls

From a very early attempt....

through different stages

to more recent owls...

I do continue to learn and evolve, try new things and most importantly enjoy my painting, watercolour is a medium which will enchant, frustrate and challenge me to the end of my days

They say never throw away a painting ( oh but I do, the really terrible ones have to go!! ) but don't get rid of everything. They show you who you were, how far you've come and how far you can go. If painting or drawing give you joy, if they fulfil a creative itch the the joy is as much in the creating as it is in the finished piece.



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So many kids and adults I know who aren’t great academically but wonderful artists, musicians, dancers, athletes. I wish the educa systems would get smart and admire and reward them and help w academics instead of punishing them, which is ignorance at its worst! There are different intelligences, it’s been written about for years!


Love your work and it’s wonderful to see how it evolves! So glad you never stopped your art!!!


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