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The idler’s guide to a painting a day

It’s quite a shock the first time you hear it. You’re sitting on the top deck of the number 91, minding your own business, keeping the seat free from passing strangers with that disarming do-not-sit next-to-me-if-you-please of a challenging stare, when Boris interrupts the normal two minutely sweet voiced female announcements to tell you how busy it will be this month.

Well folks at least there’s plenty to prompt a painting or two during the summer months in London. Even in the rain. Lots of artists aim to do a painting a day and publish their results in their blogs. But I’m not like that – I’m too idle. So here’s my painting of the week:


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  London: town and country

Watercolour paintings featuring London views

I’ve recently revisited painting with watercolours. Not an easy media. But completely involving. An important step was to choose a subject to inspire. You can search hard looking for something far and wide only to discover that what you like best is closest to home. So I chose London and particularly the waterfront. There must be an affinity there! The views below include an unusual one from the Albert Embankment taking in the houses of Parliament and the London Eye, one of the skyline including St Pauls, and some of the Thames opposite the recently opened village in the sky which is the Shard. Others show a greener part of London – mainly in and around Highgate and Alexandra Palace.

 [the  painting are shown here are all originals but are cropped and don’t show the whole image.] See contact page for how to buy and details of prices.

  In the image above you can see where, next to these railings on the Thames, the tourists in the garish yellow amphibious vehicles owned by ‘Duck Tours’, splash into the river and get their first waterborne views of at least two of the most iconic sights of London. If they listen carefully they can also hear the James Bond theme tune.


Further down the river is a good view of Blackfriars – and more railings. This is just a little further down from the lovely Bankside Gallery, and, of course the Tate Modern, which is probabaly better known.

 These pictures focus on Thames barges, moored up two days before the typically damp days of a ‘mid summer’s’ London celebration.

  The shape of the Shard and the sail on the boat show some harmony.

Of course one inportant aspect of London life is the culture. There are so many art galleries and special shows to visit. Here’s a picture of some visitors at an exhibtion at the Victoria Miro Gallery in Islington. (For more galleries see the art links page.)


London Countryside paintings

 Other watercolours in this collection represent the park land side of London. The first two are of the Gove next to the Peoples’ Palace – Alexandra Park and Palace.

The Grove facing the palace, shown in early Spring. Same trees but from a different direction.


The last one in this section shows a small scene in Regent’s Park with a row of three very proud looking alium plants.

Other subjects


I do paint other subjects, here are some examples:

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