Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Let it Flow

It’s ages since I done any painting. Sometimes I hardly think about wetting a brush, but that’s usually when I’m preoccupied with something else. When I do get the urge to paint, however, it’s something that I just have to do. It’s like there is some inner person calling me to splash paint around.

My medium of choice is watercolour, and I enjoy painting wet in wet. This technique can be heart-stopping at times, because you never know exactly how the painting will turn out. But for me that’s half of the thrill of this kind of painting. The other half is watching how the colours interact on the paper. I find this thoroughly fascinating. I could spend hours just watching watercolour find its own way around on a pre-wetted surface.

There are a number of watercolourists I admire, Ted Wesson to name one. But I tend to paint in manner that suits me rather than copy those I respect. I don’t know what sort of style I would call my painting, but it suits me and it’s one that I enjoy.

I have many disasters along the way, but painting lets me release some pent-up creative energy.

I painted the scene below yesterday, and I had a great time doing it. That’s all that matters really. Enjoyment is crucial in all creative exercises. In my opinion, if you don’t enjoy it there is little point in doing it.

Hope you like my watercolour. 

Magic Light


  1. You definitely should be painting more John, the flow here is wonderful and I also like the salt sprinkles!

    1. Thank you, Maree. I probably should paint more, I enjoy it so much. It's very difficult, however, to get enough time to do all the other things I enjoy too.