You have arrived at an inspiring location and chosen your view: a spot near the shoreline of the picturesque village of Dittisham, for example, which is the subject of this demonstration. The sun is shining and there are beautiful reflections on the water, but as you settle down with easel and brushes, eager to pounce on the scenery before you, clouds close in and rain is forecast. The view has gone from bright and sunny to flat tones of grey.

Don’t lose heart! Your watercolour palette with all its brilliant colours is at hand to create the painting you had set out to do. Because these changes in light and weather are very common when painting outside, here are some tips on how to start then continue with your original inspiration, despite the unpredictable conditions.