Monthly Archives: January 2020

Black Gold Dragon Fish

January 19, 2020

The Dragon Scorpio

No this isn’t a new game!  Just a fun workshop exploring the possibilities of using black ink and gold watercolour (imitation gold) on white paper.  It also explored pattern and the drama of surrounding an image with black.  The dragon above is called Scorpio and started life as a brush drawing during the session.  The fish below was one I prepared earlier and the other two drawings were started while trying to put a few ideas together for the workshop.

Golden Fish with Spots

Dennis the dainty dragon needed a little more colour by way of alizarin crimson, manganese blue and viridian.  Hope you like his white socks!  I may or may not give him a black ground!





Later in the year I hope to develop some of these and other fanciful beasts as prints.

Many thanks to Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead  ( for the opportunity to run regular workshops and to everyone who came to enjoy the fish and dragon session.

Castle and Countryside: in and around Bardi

January 12, 2020

The dates have been finalized for another painting holiday at the Casa Bezzia studio in the hamlet of Pietracervara, just outside Bardi in the Parma Apennines. Such a delightfully undiscovered part of Northern Italy!

It will be 13th to 20th May, see the events page of this website for more details.  Meanwhile I’m adding a few more photos of the time spent there last May and you can see more pictures of the wild flowers, Bardi and the surrounding countryside on previous blog posts by visiting the “Italy: in the Parma Appennines” blog category.










The B&B at Pietracervara




An Artists’ View of Maidenhead

January 2, 2020

The Thames in Winter at Maidenhead looking upstream toward Boulter’s Lock

Jo is delighted to be included in this show curated by Kirsty Brooks, which in addition to paintings, prints and sketchbooks includes several children’s books wonderfully illustrated by the late Juliette Palmer, based on the area around Cookham.

Jo is showing a watercolour and sketchbook of the topiary garden at Cliveden made several years ago, alongside recent drawings of the boathouses from Ray Mill Island, a mixed media painting of a shed in the Blackamoor Lane allotments and another mixed media work of a wintry view of the Thames looking upstream from a point between Maidenhead Bridge and Boulter’s Lock.