Saturday, 3 October 2015

USA Watercolour Workshop Tour 2015

What a wonderful week. I arrived in USA last Tuesday for my annual Autumn Watercolour Workshop and Book Signing Tour. Flying into LA , then driving to San Luis Obisquo. Staying for two nights before driving to Sonoma County for my workshops here.

On arrival in Sonoma I was invited for lunch by my Publishers Distributors so after visiting their head office we headed to Petaluma for a fabulous meal and I enjoyed my first root beer which was refreshingly delicious. Immediately after lunch I met the organiser of my workshops in Sonoma at the venue where I was to teach to discuss the set up.

I took the first day of my first two day workshop here today and meeting everyone was fantastic. I love USA so much. Everyone is always so enthusiastic and excited about my loose approach to painting. My teaching style I know is different but watching everyone translate the information and techniques given via demonstrations is such a fabulous feeling when there is such a great "high" felt in the room. As always the day came to an end far too quickly but of course there's another day coming on thus course.

I had an extra surprise today. My neighbour from Dubai where I lived years ago had signed up for my course. I haven't seen Margie for years so to be reunited was wonderful. Her husband Bill drove up to join us for a meal tonight and we caught up on some very happy magical memories over an Italian meal. What a fantastic surprise. I'm over the moon.

I have loved seeing so much already on this trip. Bull seals on the drive to Monterey on Highway 1, the incredible coastal scenery, the beautiful vineyards and glorious colour. The sunshine is an added bonus.

My only complaint? The food is far too good. Last night I had biscuits for the first time. Not the cookie kind! And they were gorgeous. Hot, tasty, light and they melted in your mouth.

There have been worries about getting my books in time for the book signing events as my book "World Of Warercolour" has exceeded sales expectations so had to go to reprint early and the latest order eventually arrived just in time, luckily!  Getting stock of "Atmospheric Watercolours" has been fun as I have the distributors last box! It's selling so well as a book apparently and I'm over the moon.

What happens on each of my tours is that I'm hit by how incredible loving art is. Painting enriches our lives in so many ways. It brings us a sense of achievement when our results are successful, goals to work towards when they are not but also, an overlooked bonus is the lifelong new friends we make continually. I know I'm making more wonderful friends for life on this trip. And how incredible is that? And I know everyone else is too.

I have two more workshops , a presentation and a book signing event in Sonoma. Then I move on to West Virginia, St Louis and New York. A fully booked trip and an amazing adventure. I'll try to share again soon but for now I hope whatever you are doing, you too are smiling and loving, living life to the full!

Happy painting!

Monday, 28 September 2015

WASCO Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County Book Signing Event 8th October 2015

Please can my blog followers be aware that my talk at WASCO Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County is on 8th october 2015.

There was an error in a previous blog post which has now been corrected! 

WASCO Watercolor Artists Of Sonoma County
8th October 2015  1.00 pm - 4.00 pm  Admission Free

Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center
2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

Sunday, 27 September 2015

New Book 2016: Busy Times


I know my blog has fallen quiet yet again but there is so much going on  that I simply haven't had time to spare to write here and update posts.
I leave for USA this week coming, beginning my tour of USA starting in California and ending in New York. Places were booked at least twelve months ago for this trip and behind the scenes I am working on 2016 USA locations, with most of the courses next year already fully booked also. At this time of writing Seattle, Vancouver and Oregon in March are full and the courses in Dallas and California next Autumn have just opened for booking. I have also accepted invitations from Arizona and Utah for 2017 and 2018.

My 2016 UK workshop dates went out finally this week so everyone on my email contact list should have now received information regarding next years courses. Confirmation of bookings will take place hopefully next week. So if you haven't heard anything yet please bear with Christine who handles this side of my administration as I know she was overwhelmed with requests for places and it isn't an easy task replying to everyone.But she will, so please be patient if you have yet to receive a reply. 

Contact me now on if you havent received UK workshop details please.

I have shut myself away in my studio  recently because I am working on my next book and came to a point where I couldn't surface for air. It absorbed my every waking moment and I can honestly say it is very different to anything I have ever written before but I feel it needed to be. I have shared as much as I can on tips giving away everything I have been told over the years or have learnt from masters I admire. Every single piece of advise I have been given is now shared in my previous three books. So it is time for me to move on to something completely new and  this next book has been a dream to work on. Lifting my spirits in ways I cannot describe.  It is almost complete and when Ed, the editor on the team at my publishers arrives at his office tomorrow morning he will get a surprise as my final chapters will be waiting for him in email form. And from what he has already told me, he is thrilled with this new exciting publication that will not be released until next year.

My new DVD is about to be released and I haven't even seen it yet! A copy came in the post yesterday so there is a strong possibility you may see it before I do. A frightening thought but that is how this film worked out.

I remember some time ago a well known professional artist telling me that if I had time to write regularly on my blog I wasn't working hard enough on my own art or career. I finally think I know what they mean. I don't have time to post on Facebook regularly and when I do I feel awful because I don't have time to leave a comment in reply to those who post to me or have time to leave comments on my friends or followers pages. Which tears me in two. Sometimes I think the only way to be fair is to not post at all. But from messages I get by email I know my blog posts are loved and so are my Facebook posts.

So I will keep sharing but please bear with me when I go quiet.Like now!

I will be away now for a few weeks, and I am eager to meet everyone in USA. 
And it isn't long before I leave.

But for now, have a wonderful time painting. Always find ways to be inspired and share the happy feeling you gain when you paint!

Happy Painting!


USA Demonstrations and Book Signing Events Autumn 2015

 USA Autumn Tour 2015

Its' almost time for me to leave UK and head to USA for my workshop and book signing tour.
I leave this week and will be heading to California, West Virginia, St Louis and New York for fully booked workshops. However I will also be giving talks at the following locations that include demonstrations and book signing.

If you would like to attend here are the dates, locations and contact details.
Everyone welcome.

WASCO Watercolor Artists Of Sonoma County
8th October 2015  1.00 pm - 4.00 pm  Admission Free

 St Louis
Saint Louis Watercolor Society
27th October 2015  7.00 p.m
 Contact :

 New York
Art League of Long Island
30th October 2015  7.00pm - 9.00pm 
 Contact :


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

New Watercolour DVD 2015 : Watercolour Inspiration

 Watercolour Inspiration

 NEW DVD 2015


I can now share the cover of my new DVD which will be available later this year. Watercolour Inspiration was filmed in my cottage and some scenes in it are also filmed in our garden. I have to admit this was the most unusual DVD I have ever created as every aeroplane flew over during filming, the ducks in my garden decided to have a party creating quite a lot of noise and then a pigeon decided to lay its eggs very noisily whilst I was painting.

So all in all it should be very interesting!

I haven't seen the film yet so I have no idea how I come across. And I have a sneaky feeling Bailey, my Bearded Collie,  will be appearing in it whether he was invited to or not.

But we now have the first sneak preview of the cover.

And the title?

Townhouse Films felt there was only one possible title for this new film. Because it is full of inspirational tip son how to paint in watercolour and enjoy it!

I will share more details once it is available to pre order.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

UK Watercolour Workshops 2016

UK Watercolour Workshops 2016

Usually at this time of year there is great excitement as the email contacts on my workshop list receive details of the exciting programme for the year ahead.  This year that has not happened as I have been so busy it has been impossible to organise the programme at the usual time of year.

So please do NOT panic if you still haven't heard any news about next years programme.

In truth I wanted to make next years events  really special and I am going to find it very hard to explain why. But the artists who attend each years workshops at my Hampshire location in UK have become so dear to me  in a way that each course, each event becomes so highly charged with enthusiastic emotion and I needed to take time out to think about what I wanted to achieve for them in 2016.

I am reading fabulous emails from artists reaching their goals from attending my courses no matter how big or small those goals are. That to me is what teaching workshops is all about. What happens when artists leave your sessions. And now all these artists wish to return next year and new contacts who have never been to me before wish to attend at least one of my courses for the first time too. The contact list has grown and so have the requests for two day workshops which I have especially allowed for next year.

But I want time for me to paint too. To disciver new ideas to bring to my courses.  And I also want to only hold watercolour workshops that are fantastic. Not repetitive or boring as that would kill me artistically.

And so after much thought and planning next years programme is almost set to go. Not quite, as the payment details have changed and this is also adding to the set back and delay in releasing dates.

What I will ask is that everyone, if you have not already done so please email me  right now so your name can be added to my workshop contact list. You do NOT need to contact me if you have already done so. I am just requesting for newcomers wishing to get a foot in the door now is the time to have your name added to my contact list as I do not advertise my workshops, I simply take bookings from those who have contacted me for information. And my courses sell out almost as soon as the information is released.

I am sadly quickly gaining a reputation as one of the hardest artists to get on a workshop with. But I can't take any more workshops than I do otherwise I would have nothing new to offer. And I refuse to consistently teach the same thing over and over because that way, I find,is not how to grow and keep enthusiastic in your work. As I wish to be.

So please bear with me while you wait for workshop news.

Please book as soon as you receive information.

And please contact me on if you wish to be on my workshop list!


On a final note I am so envious because I would love to be on any one of next years courses because they are all so exciting. Far too good to be teaching when you could be in the room painting !!!

I would say this is going to be my very best workshop year ever!

So do get on a course as quickly as you can!


World of Watercolour Exhibition 2015 : Hampshire UK

 The Frame Gallery

The Frame Gallery, Odiham, Hampshire 
September  11th - 27th September 2015

It has been an incredible few days. My solo exhibition "World of Watercolour" opened at The Frame Gallery in Odiham, Hampshire last Friday evening.   I think we can easily call the weekend a red dot event as paintings were asked after repeatedly.

I loved meeting everyone who came on the opening night and the next day, as I was signing books at the gallery on Saturday. And we sold out. More books have now been signed by me and are at the gallery. Having been delivered yesterday.

Yesterday I also dealt with more enquiries about art in my show and I must admit I love the questions I am being asked. It really is  wonderful to hear from people all over the world who are interested in my watercolours, my style and my art journey. I feel so very humbled.

" World of Watercolour" Cover Kingfisher painting

 Guests on the opening night were wonderful. There were visitors who had driven from North Wales and Worcester just for the occasion.  Guests at my book signing event in Moreton -On-The -Marsh earlier this year were also there ( and I would love you to email me please if you are reading my blog!)

It was one of those nights as an artist that you almost dread arriving as you know the buzz and excitement around the show is so magical that you never want it to end.

 "Am I Safe Yet"

Buyers bought paintings they loved and meeting them in person is always a very special moment. Like the lady who fell in love with "Once Upon A Time" the badger painting.  It was fabulous hearing how this painting will be enjoyed by someone who adores wildlife as much as I do. The fox paintings sold immediately also, with many enquiries asking if I intend to paint any more foxes in future. I am afraid I paint from my heart when I want to, and not purely because a subject sells so we will see.

 "Once Upon a Time" . My badger painting with its' beautiful new owner.

I'm afraid this is one of those events when I didn't take photos . I was far too busy but I can honestly say that it was an amazing opening. Mainly thanks to the fantastic gallery owner Jan who displayed my work so beautifully and hosted the event.  Jan knows how to throw a superb preview and the bubbles flowed with delicious canapes all night.

Jan, the owner of The Frame Gallery, and myself at the preview of
"World of Watercolour" Exhibition 2015

It is rather special to know your art is enjoyed. But even more wonderful to want to race for my brushes each day and create knowing that I can look forward to meeting amazing people at openings and shows like this. I'm not sure I will ever hold an exhibition that carries a part of my heart as much as this one as each painting from my latest book means so much to me emotionally.

If you haven't had time to visit the exhibition it will run until 27th September so please try to get there before the original paintings from my book make their way to their new owners. And of course there are still a few gorgeous paintings for sale.

In fact  now I am having to take a few more paintings in that were not initially the exhibition catalogue due to the number of sales. How exciting is that!


A huge thank you to everyone who came to the Preview and on Saturday to see me at the gallery. 
I really loved seeing you! This is where I will make a special mention to the fabulous lady who always brings Italian cakes when she comes to my art events. Always home made and always delicious! Thank you!!!!!

Full details about my exhibition can be found via this link