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Lets face it, we all need a bit of magic from time to time, and for me watercolours enables me to have a go at creating some.Watching the paint flow, and merge creating  magical patterns is a joy. Sometimes I wish I could just capture my mixing tray, as the paint looks amazing mixing with water and doing it's own thing.  As an artist I see my job as shepherding the paint, and bending it to my will, while still giving it it's freedom to roam, and believe me it isn't easy ....be gentle on yourself, have a go, enjoy the process...

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I think you can tell from my blogs, I am most certainly British, I begin most of them by talking about the weather , today is no exception.  Autumn can be glorious but here in Devon the past few weeks have been dark and damp and filled with rain, not doing much to raise my spirits.  I think I have mentioned before about deciding what to paint, and it can be annoying , wanting to paint and not knowing where to start, but I believe we do most things better when our heart is in them. Some days I want...

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I was so thrilled yesterday to receive  a message from someone in New Zealand, she told me she regularly reads my blogs and likes to try them out every week. Wow, how amazing is that? I sit in a small studio in Devon sharing what I know and it reaches all that way, and touches someone . That is the beauty of the internet , and the ability we have to connect with people, she asked if I had a blog on a swallow painting , I didn't, I do now.....so here goes Firstly sketch out a swallow, I chose...

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So a new day and a new painting, sitting here in this showery, October weather looking out at the different birds coming and going from my bird feeder, I can't help but be inspired by them. I love to paint birds and they have been good for me too, this year I was asked by the RSPB to provide images for their illustrated bird calendar  https://shopping.rspb.org.uk/ So on a wet and windy day in Devon I decided to indulge myself and paint 2 of my favourite birds, a wren and a robin I began by sketching them onto an A4...

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On a beautiful late summer day in Devon, I  tutored the last of 3 watercolour workshops held at Lympstone manor. I thought you might like to see what we got up to...it's a hard job but somebody has to do it! They had set up a gazebo in the grounds overlooking the estuary ( bake off eat your heart out! )     After a rainy week it was a relief to see the sunshine The table was set out ready for painting,      It really is a beautiful setting, the views are to die for.....     This workshop...

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