Thursday, 31 January 2013


Here's the finished painting.
I hope you enjoy viewing it.


If you're interested in why I started painting, please click HERE

Monday, 28 January 2013

Another Stage and some News

Good morning all!

I have another stage in the cowboy painting to show you  - and some news!

Firstly, here is the next stage, in which I place the shadows

and the News?

I have started a new blog! HERE

Why a new blog?
Well, the further I have gone into writing, the more uncomfortable I feel about posting it here, on my painting blog. This blog was always about my watercolour journey, with occasional Missy posts.
I'd like to keep it about my watercolour journey, so will still post paintings here.
The other blog will be everything else!
If you'd like to take a look at the other blog, please do. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, 24 January 2013


I'm still painting, but in stages.
This novel writing takes up a lot of time, as you can imagine.
I have to write 100,000 words for it to be a novel and so far I have written 80,000.
So naturally, because I can't shave time off from working, I have lost a little painting time and a little blog time.
But, I am still doing some and still enjoying it.
Here are my latest stages:

Friday, 18 January 2013


Good morning all.
I chose to paint a bright and cheery painting to remind us of sunny days.

I painted this one in 15 minute segments too, which I've posted underneath the finished painting. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
If you add up all the time stages, you'll see this simple painting was completed in an hour and a half. The 15 minutes a day can add up to something nice, as I hope you'll agree :) 

The painting :  Summer
11x8, Saunders Waterford 140lb rough

The stages: 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Kay's Demo

Over on Painting Friends, one of our members, Kay, made a demonstration showing how to paint whites.

This is my version of Kay's demo.
I had simplified the house from some of the detail - and funnily enough, her cat turned into a dog in my version!
I hope you enjoy it - and if you feel like coming over to Painting Friends, please use the link in the sidebar on the right. You'll be more than welcome.

Kay's Demo, Pat's version.
saunders waterford 140 rough

and if you'd like to see some more of my paintings, you're welcome to view my complete gallery website HERE

Thursday, 10 January 2013


Every week, I go to an art class.
Its the type of class which is more like a club, in that you can bring your own thing to work on, or you can follow along with the tutor on his demo.

I usually take my own thing and go my own way.
The class runs for two hours. I like to do something that can be completed in the time slot, saving the more detailed work for home.

This painting was completed in just under two hours.

Saunders Waterford 140lb Rough.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Fifteen Minutes of Peace

Hello all!
The holidays are over and we're back to normal working this week.

Sometimes life gets so busy, its hard to find time for painting, so I made a conscious effort to spend some time with my brushes last week. I was painting only for fifteen minutes at a time, enough to make a difference to a piece of paper, not so much that I felt I was neglecting other things.

This is the painting that resulted.It was inspired by a painting in one of my numerous art books.

Fifteen Minutes of Peace

and here, in stages, you can see how each 15 minutes built up to the finished work.

I wish you all a wonderful new year, with time enough to paint!

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