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…and my nineteenth post. Guests at the Highgate golf course this week, pity it was the only day so far when it rained. But the rain didn’t spoil the view, and there was extra media available. Actually it was an advantage in some ways since all I had with me were watercolour pencils for sketching and I could add rainwater to fix the lines. Here’s the finished painting….


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Before the concerts change the serenity, pond side at  Kenwood House offers a tranquil spot and a great place to sketch. Some in the group stayed near the House – which is still shrouded in mystery while major renovation work takes place. Others of us wandered into the surrounding grounds. It’s very familiar territory but there’s so much to see and it always seems fresh:


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I now take commissions. These are usually from  photographs and some recent requests have been for painting of buildings or places that mean something special to the the purchaser and/or their family but at a very reasonable price (under £100, unframed). Request have come from the other side of the world, from countries in Europe, or from a just a few streets away from where I live! I’ve done something a little extra by request, such as setting the painting at a particular season, or adding something personal to the image. The buyers have been very pleased – which brings a lot of satisfaction to me as well a giving a focus for my work. Here are some examples of paintings, done from photos, in and around the Highgate area:




Back Lane


Flask Walk

The Grove

Highgate, Pond Square

Lauderdale House



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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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