31 March

Our tutor was absent from our watercolour class today but she had left us some skies to paint. We used lining paper which is designed to get wet and actually works rather well. It’s also a lot cheaper than watercolour paper!

30 March

I did a talk on urban sketching at the art society today. Afterwards I got everyone drawing from photos, I was really pleased that they all had a go and produced some amazing work. I hope a few of them were inspired enough to go out and draw on the streets.

28 January

A very quick sketch of the old lifting bridge and lifeboat station on Poole Quay yesterday. It was a bit hurried because a couple stopped to talk to me and I lost focus. I do enjoy these spontaneous conversations when I’m painting . People who stop to talk are always positive and enjoy watching what I’m doing, at least that’s what they tell me!

Poole Quay

27 March

I enjoyed sitting on Poole Quay yesterday so I went back this morning to make the most of the good weather before it turns cold again next week. The Jolly Sailor and The Lord Nelson are two pubs that give the quay it’s unique character and both looked splendid in the spring sunshine.

Poole Quay

26 March

I spent an hour sitting in the sunshine on Poole Quay sketching the old Customs House this morning. I remember when it was still in use by HM Customs, it’s now a restaurant and actually looks much nicer than it used to. It was busy this morning with customers sat outside with late breakfast.

Customs House, Poole Quay

23 March

We had a talk about the basics of oil painting at the art society today. Pam and Sally talked about supports, canvas and board, brushes, paint, solvents, thinners and paint application. I have only used oils on a couple of occasions so I learnt a lot and enjoyed the session. I tried painting some of the artists at work with the windows behind them, it isn’t finished but so far so good!

19 March

The conditions were difficult for painting at Park Run Poole this morning, very bright sun and so windy that I had trouble keeping my drawing board still, at least the paint dried quickly. However it was ideal for the runners who all looked to be having a good time, many of them waved and called out to me, there’s such a great atmosphere every time I visit.