Cotswold Barn III, after James Fletcher Watson

Cotswold Barn III, after James Fletcher Watson

Nice Fletcher-Watson style watercolour. Lovely effect on barn wall. Visited his studio last year. Has been left untouched since the day he died - a must visit for pure watercolour fans. IPad great help for storing images.. Mine sits on top of my easel so makes the whole job of painting from photos easy

You have really caught the feel of a JFW watercolour here Caroline, so there is no excuse not to get back into the swing of painting again. Like Alan, I also use an Ipad (mini in my case) to view my photos. You can take your photo card to Boots or other high street shops to get a few printed off,or you can buy a photo viewer, where you slip your card in and view the picture on a screen, these are quite a bit cheaper than an IPad / tablet.

I don't paint from my computer. I print out my reference photos on A4 ordinary paper. Just keep up the momentum as Stephen says as well!

Lovely snow scene particularly like your buildings and trees. It is hard when you get stuck for what to paint. I find my mini iPad very useful both to view my own photos but also copyright free photos on and the SAA website. My son and daughter can share their photos with me too.

Thank you Alan, Stephen, Gudrun and Helen for your encouragements. One of my daughters won't buy an iPad because of certain human rights and environmental issues and now I know about it I feel I can't either!! Darn it. But Stephen, I'll look into a photo viewer - I haven't heard of it and it might be just the thing.

The sort of subject matter that appeals to me and this is a good example - so well painted - out of interest I also work from A4 sheets printed off the computer but usually discard then once I have settled on the composition. I find relying on the printed photograph makes me too tight and also influences the palette - I like to use my imagination where that is concerned.

After seeing the last three paintings you've posted Caroline, you wouldn't think that you've had such a long break from painting. This one again is very accomplished. I like the textures and tones of the wall and house and my favourite part is the distant hills and the trees to the right......they ARE just right. Keep going!

Thank you Michael and Fiona! Michael, I find it even harder to paint from my imagination than from a photo. Fiona, the texture slightly came about by accident - I ran out of W&N Burnt Umber and opened a new tube of M Graham Burnt Umber instead, and it seemed to react and granulate with the other, W&N paints.

That's a colour to keep handy then Caroline because you've used it to great effect here.

Nicely cold and wintery. Lovely painting.

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my recent batch, Thea. I've just bought a memory stick and I'll be brave and post my own paintings very soon!

Hang on Studio Wall

I painterd another one of these (the third one now) to get my painting mojo back after months of nothing. I'm finding it hard to know where to start with doing my own work. I have a few nice photos so I'll put them on a memory stick and get a few developed - is that what other people do? (I don't have a laptop, tablet etc). On Bockingford NOT, 15" x 11".

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Caroline Greene

I came to art late in life after the proverbial ‘wake-up call' of serious illness. Starting with an evening class in drawing, I’ve carried on learning from DVD’s, books and weekend courses. I attend a weekly Life Drawing class, a brilliant foundation for just about everything. Plein air oil…

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