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March 2012

Faro Railway Station entrance, Algarve


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

The entrance to Faro Railway Station and destinations beyond, along the Algarve coast and up to the capital, Lisbon.  The main station building is very traditional in style (with it's name nicely laid out in tiles) and shaded by a large, ancient tree. Fares are very reasonable compared to the UK, and any trip along the coast gets great views of the sea.


Albufeira beach, Algarve


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

The golden sands of Albufeira beach surrounded by cliffs and the old town behind. Over the last year, the beach has had new sand imported to a depth of 2 metres - that's a lot of dredging!  Apparently the local communist party now call it a landfill site!  The white washed buildings on the top of the cliffs certainly give it a picturesque view.

Church Street Inverness, Scotland #watercolour


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands and quite a lively ex market town now with many nice cafes and restaurants within a square mile of the centre of town. Inverness has been dubbed as Britain's "Flower Capital " because it has won the Beautiful Britain in Bloom title no less than 10 times!


River Ness up to Ness Bridge, Inverness, Scotland


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

Central Inverness (comes from the old Gaelic word for mouth of the Ness) in Scotland looking down the River Ness towards the Ness Bridge and the Castle. The River Ness is the shortest river in the UK being only 7 miles long connecting Loch Ness with the Moray Firth (and out to the North Sea).  The buildings lining the banks of the river Ness are a nice mixture of victorian buildings (some quite red in colour being hit by a low winter sun) and some nice new architecture coming in.


Newquay Harbour 2


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

Newquay Harbour in Cornwall - a peaceful haven and the town's best kept secret - nestles under the cliffs where it is sheltered from the prevailing westery wind. This picturesque and historic port also gave the town its name when, in 1439, permission was given to improve the natural cove in the settlement known at Towan Blystra by the building of a new quay. Today it remains a busy anchorage with a small fishing fleet which works alongside skippers offering leisure trips. The North and South Quays offer plenty of seating to relax and watch harbour life.

Fuengirola Promenande


Watersolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

The five mile long promenade on the Fuengirola seafront is just the place for a long walk to either build up an appetite or walk off the excesses of a big lunch. Memo to self - make the shadows less severe next time round! Think those tree shadows could have been toned down a bit.

The Point, Sitges, Spain


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

The Church of St. Barthlomew and St. Tecla (or 'Esgl├ęsia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla' in Catalan) is Sitges' most instantly recognisable landmark, thanks in part to its dramatic location perched on the Baluard headland, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Visible all along the sea front, its lofty presence mean that locals refer to it simply as 'La Punta' or 'The Point'. Apparently it's also a popular spot for couples to get married and with that backdrop, it would make for great wedding photos.


Sitges Promenade, Costa Dorada, Spain


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

Sitges, situated just south of Barcelona and a short rail trip away is a popular resort on the northern Mediterranean coats of Spain. Sitges has always been a place that has enraptured artists, sculptors and writers who, in the late nineteenth century, settled in the town. Sitges is also home to a joyous annual street carnival, prestigious International film festival and colourful gay pride march, so visitors can be forgiven for thinking Sitges is in a perpetual state of celebration!

Whitehall looking towards Big Ben


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

This was quite a complex scene to paint - many windows, architectural details all over the place and the bare winter trees lining Whitehall down to Westminster, and Big Ben looming in the distance.  I had to simplify the details I saw, and if I had a second shot at this one, would probably make it simpler still.  Sometimes it's difficult to know when to stop!


St James Street, Weston Super Mare


Watercolour 15" x 11" on Bockingford paper 300g

Running parallel to and just a hundered metres or so away from the sea front at Weston, St James Street is lined with many traditional fish and chip restaurants run efficiently by Greek-Cypriot families.  Weston, whilst a bit shabby in areas is going through a bit of a makeover at the moment with the promenade in particular looking very smart now, along with the new pier development (even St James Street here has its Japanese Sushi bar!).  Weston's a great place for west country day- trippers.