Thank you for taking an interest in my watercolour website.
Fully qualified as a carpenter & joiner, I have been trained in technical drawing but this is very different from the skills required for fine art. However, technical drawing encourages careful attention to detail and that is certainly beneficial.
I use a variety of materials from several suppliers and manufacturers. Artists' quality paint I buy in tube form, preferring either the French paint 'Sennelier L'Aquarelle' or Jackman's Art Materials based here in the UK, who mill and blend their own brand of professional quality handmade paints.
In my opinion the single most important factor is to use good quality watercolour paper. It makes a vast difference using cotton based papers; washes move more freely and there is a longer 'open time' where alterations can be made to the painting. Where possible I use Saunders Waterford or Arches papers. The small price increase between wood pulp and cotton rag based papers is certainly worth paying - even for practising.
I have produced original watercolour paintings as commissions on various subjects for clients, family and close friends and still offer this service for you.
Please take a browse through my gallery and contact me via the contact page if you require further information.
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Once again, thank you for stopping by. BH