The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


Starting out in watercolour is one of those daunting challenges that took me 60 years to get around to. I’d picked up some watercolours before and created an awful muddy mess that got thrown instantly into the bin and I realise that this was because I was lacking knowledge, skill and most importantly patience. I always wanted instant results and never took the time to research how watercolours worked. Thankfully for everyone concerned I got to a place in life where I had the time and the inclination to give it a go properly.

I’m not really one for having lessons but there are loads of videos online that you can drop into when you need a little help. This of course is a bit hit and miss as even I can put stuff online, so it is good to look through lots and collect a few examples that you feel are really good and really helpful. One that I really like is called “The mind of Watercolour” ( ) by Steve Mitchell, he has lots of free videos on technique, paints, papers and lots of other advice and reviews.

Another wonderful painter in my view is Hazel Soan who has a range of books and DVDs available.

So my first introduction to watercolours took me to an hours demonstration of how to paint water by Jean Palmer at a local village hall and I have to say that my first attempts weren’t fantastic but I’d got the idea and just needed to learn how to control the paint i.e. I needed to practice. At the end of the day I came up with this little doodle and that is where the journey starts.

So welcome to the blog, I’ll be doing new paintings regularly so stick around and have a laugh – have a go and share your experiences.