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December 2019

Bristol Sketch Night - Virtute et Industria - City of Bristol Motto

Bristol savages Virtute et Industria

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Weekly sketch night at my art society, the 'Bristol Savages', and the topic for the night was Virtute et Industria (virtue or valour and industry) - the motto for the city of Bristol in the UK. So we have 2 hours to produce a painting based on that topic without the use of any reference material (so no cheating looking up on the web).  I created a scene of working fishing boats.  

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


Sherston Plein Air #1

Sherston plein air painting #1

Sherston, UK, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

First plein air of the day at Sherston with the 'Exiles'.  This is looking down Church Street.  Picked this spot primarily because it was in the shade.  I think with watercolour plein air, a key consideration on where/what to paint is 1) get comfortable, then 2) decide from there what to paint..

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.

Uphill Marina River Axe at Low Tide

Uphill marina river axe

Uphill, Somerset, Watercolour 15" x 11"

A painting based on a photo taken on a summer plein air trip to Uphill near Weston-Super-Mare.  It's the River Axe as it meanders into the Bristol Channel and there's quite a few boats which at low tide look as if they have suffered from some flooding catastrophe and have been pushed inland from their moorings.  Lovely muddy banks of the river and quite a reddy brown in colour.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


Hotel Playa Sol & Beach, Cadeques, Spain

Hotel playa sol cadeques

Cadeques, Spain, Watercolour 15" x 11"

One of many small coves around the bay at Cadeques.  I think the trick with painting small boats like this, is not to make them look too perfect as in the tops of the hulls as a smooth or hard edge.  Break it up a little and add in some imperfections.  Let a row of boats like this blend in with each other.  I also use a few dry brush strokes for details like markings, old paint work and rigging details.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.


Bristol Savages Wednesday Sketch Night - "There is no wealth but life"

Bristol savages there is no wealth but life

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Wednesday night at my art club, the Bristol Savages, and topic for the night was a quote by John Ruskin - "There is no wealth but life".  So you have 2 hours to come up with a painting, without using any resource material - and sorry, no looking up google images!  So I equated wealth=life and came up with a tropical scene and some expensive boats....

John Ruskin was a leading English art critic of the Victorian era, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He also painted in watercolours!!

Full quote from him - “There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest, who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others.”

Painted on Saunders Waterford, cold press, 300 gms


St Ives Cornwall - Demonstration painting

St ives made up scene demo

St Ives, watercolour, 15" x 11"

A demonstration painting where I took a scene and deconstructed it to suit a basic composition.  So a bit of a practice of a graded wash - and yes the sea is that blue sometimes.  And a practice of painting around objects plus reflections.  Done in about 30 minutes with commentary along the way to my group.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms