Water, pools and reflections adult ed watercolour at Hills Road

Inspired by David Hockney’s swimming pool paintings and by folks recent holiday adventures tonight we looked at how to draw water in pools or still water with reflection… rather beautiful wet on wet washes, white pastel lines as a resist and some gorgeous colour mixes. Thanks 🙏 everyone for another great evening (even in the heat!!) 


A 360• landscape

Using the idea of a fish-eye lense to create a round composition. This is the watercolour challenge for Hills Rd. adult ed class this week. Tips for you folk.

•Mark out a good sized circle on your watercolour paper so it fills the paper.

•mark the centre of this circle. This is where the imaginary you is standing.

•on a separate piece of card or stiff paper, cut a triangle view finder that is the same size as a slice of imaginary pizza or pie that would fit exactly onto the circle you’ve just drawn.

•use this view finder with the widest (crust edge) at the top and point is down to your feet. Draw your chosen landscape through it. If it helps mark out a triangle on your drawing paper first. 

•turn to your right and draw again. Repeat until you have enough ‘slices’ to complete your circle. 

•Cut and assemble these drawings to create your 360• view. 

•transfer this circular landscape onto your watercolour paper.

Have fun and remember rules are there to be bent so experiment and find your take on this challenge;) 

Landscapes of the imagination workshop at the Heong Gallery, cambridge 

Hideki Arichi and Sarah Blake enjoyed exploring the kettle’s Yard exhibition ‘ a sense of place’ followed by an art workshop with 20 visitors. We really enjoyed your art work as you visualised your sensory memories of a landscape familiar to you. Here are some of the works created:

Yorkshire Dales, Acrylic on board


Acrylic on board, these two paintings were inspired by a February visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton in Yorkshire. The sky took on a heavy grey and gusted along the sweep of hills as the sun started to set. I spent 3 years living and studying at the YSS specialising in bronze casting so it took me back to those days in the mid 1980’s. It is always a delight to visit hilly landscapes as I’m now based in East Anglia… not an area known for mountain views!

Cambridge Open Studios 16 & 17 July

A warm welcome to Birgitte and my last Open Studio of July 2016, please pop in – we’d love to see you. Browse through our range of beautiful Danish inspired Jewellery by Birgitte  and acrylic and watercolour painting by myself.

28 Radegund Road, Cambridge number 70 in the Cambridge Open Studio guide.