Bass Maine Lighthouse

This is my interpretation of a project created by English artist Terry Harrison entitled “Bass Maine Lighthouse”.

Painted on 1/8th imperial Fabriano Artistico 140lb paper.

I basically wanted to try out this paper as I have heard good reports about it’s quality. I was very pleased with how it handled a lot of water and also the the way it took the watercolour paint. I had no cockling problems with this paper at all after the initial stretching before I started. Lifting out colour worked well, in fact I was very impressed with every aspect of this 100% cotton paper.

It worked in a similar way to Arches which is a paper that I love to paint on but it is expensive, however, Fabriano Artistico is less expensive and I managed to get a really good deal from the SAA (Society for All Artists) through my membership with their site.

I am pleased with how this painting turned out especially as I completed it in around 3 hours from start to finish including drying times at various stages!

More paintings added

I added quite a few paintings to my galleries today to try and bring them up to date.

I recently finished a painting of the beach huts at Calshot and Beaulieu, you will find it in the Seascape gallery.

Beach Huts at Calshot Beaulieu. Painted on 1/8th imperial Waterford 140lb watercolour paper.


I tried out some different paper for this painting which was Waterford paper. It was very absorbent and also very prone to cockling even after stretching it initially using my own stretching technique that normally works just fine! After completing the painting I now know that this paper needs to be stretched more than normal and probably twice before starting a painting. I think I will give it a wide berth in future and stick to Arches or Bockingford paper. The finished painting turned out well though with the beach huts providing lots of colour and the setting sun gave the piece a nice glow to the light.


I did purchase some Fabriano Artistico paper the other day which does get some good reviews so I think I will give that a try for my next painting and see how that behaves.

Old Mills Painting and Video

Today I finished off my first time lapse video of a watercolour painting from beginning to end. I have wanted to try and do this for some time now but never seemed to get around to actually doing it!

Painted on A4 Bockingford 140lb cold press paper as part of a watercolour painting demonstration video.

I used an iPhone as it has time lapse video built into its camera functions which made the process a little more straightforward. I still found that I was very self conscious of the camera though at first and this made me work a little quicker than I normally would.

I made the video in 5 stages, initial sketch and transfer to watercolour paper, stretching the paper, the first washes to establish sky and water, adding the other features and then finally adding in the dark areas and tweaking the finer details.



You can view the final video on my YouTube channel here:

it only runs for just under 5 minutes which is what I like about a time lapse video.



%d bloggers like this: