A brief introduction to who I am. Born 1961 father of two boys. Now a Foster carer to a 9 year  old. I work two days a week in a small pub as a chef.

My passion for painting/drawing started when I was a small boy it was the only thing that I was able to do with any success. During my teens painting got put to one side for other activities!! I picked up the brush again after settling to a life in the Isles of Scilly where entertainment was very limited. I was inspired to paint again by the timeless landscape and jewel like colours in front of me. In the early 1990’s I opened a small gallery/studio on St Martins Isles of Scilly. This was very successful and carried on until I left the islands in 2006 for personal reasons. I have now settled in Worcester with my partner Lesley who works as a teaching assistant in a local school.

My week is split between  painting, cooking and cleaning the latter often  gets put to one side for more painting much to lesley’s displeasure!!  We have converted our garage to a studio/storeroom which gives me plenty of space to paint and make tutorial videos. When ever the weather is good I like to venture out on my  bicycle and paint the beautiful countryside surrounding Worcester. This is something I will be covering more in depth by video and blog posting.

I don’t portray myself to be a great watercolour painter just average but  the pleasure that can be derived from expressing yourself through painting is immeasurable. For those with a modicum of talent, financial rewards are possible through the sale of artwork. To sum up, if your a keen painter or a beginner, bookmark this page and we can explore the world of painting together.

I’d like thank you for taking the time to read this introduction and I look forward to seeing you within the site soon.


About Me — 50 Comments

  1. Hi Patrick
    Thank you so much for your posts! I dream of painting, like so many people, and you make it seem like something within reach.
    I live in New Zealand in a city called Tauranga. I love the way we are so far apart nowadays, but so close with the internet.
    I was considering signing up for your course if there are spaces left, but I have a couple of reservations! One is that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t DO things they are scared of and if I did would be worried about sharing them. The other is time.
    Did you find it hard initially to get started and when you did, what sort of supplies did you commit to?
    It would be great to see a blog about the actual process of supplies and getting set up to get started etc.
    Any thoughts?

    • Hi Linda, Thank you for your message, Please don’t worry about time you can complete the course in your own time that could be weeks, months or days depending on what pace you wanted to work out. Regarding supplies all you will need is the 3 primary colours to start with Red, Blue and yellow more information will be sent in the next couple of weeks. We will cover all material needed in the first video tutorial. Just sign up you have nothing to lose. Any other questions please just ask 🙂



  2. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and knowledge with us. I just recently found your blog and youtube channel and am looking forward to learning about watercolour painting.
    Would you please talk some about the brushes that you use?

    • Hi Lori thank you for your message. I am pleased you find my videos helpful if you have signed up as a free member you can access my videos. This video talks about brushes Materials Check List If you need more info let me know I will add another more in-depth one just about brushes. When you have time introduce yourself in the forum we have a number of talented members that are able to advise plus myself of course.


  3. Hello Patrick, want to thank you for all the tutorials Ive watched over the months, they have been a great help, look forward to learning more from your great demos and tips……best Rick

    • Thanks Rick, working on another tutorial today for the website, hopefully it will be a good one. Thanks again for your continued support means a lot to get a message when the internet is such a faceless place.


  4. Hello: I just realized that you have this forum, and am so happy to now be a member! I have been painting in watercolour for about 2 years, but as yet haven’t really had lessons as such. Just picking up hints from fellow artists.

    Worked on a couple of your lessons this weekend and enjoyed very much, but sure have much improvement needed. Oh well, I feel very privileged to have the time for this passion. 🙂


    • HI Betty nice to have you on board, your in the right place if you want to learn about watercolour. Come and intorduce yourself in the forum there are lots of artists there with all levels of ability waiting to share the experiences. Thanks for taking the time to send me a message.


  5. Hi Patrick,
    Thank you so much for your excellent, inspiring demos. I recently found them on youtube and have been watching and learning and enjoying. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. I look forward to being part of the forum you have established.
    I have painted since I was a child but for many years I did not have enough time or energy to persue this passion, with a full time job and family. Now suddenly my boys are grown up and have left the nest and my spare time has increased.
    I have attended classes over the years but there is always more to learn. My main problem is that I easily
    get lost in details despite trying my best not to. I feel encouraged by your advice to skip the details.
    I live in Stockholm, Sweden.
    Kindest regards,
    Helena Nilsson

    • Hi Helena thank you for your message. I look forward to you becoming part of our forum and making it a place of interest for artists. Have you found the videos in the members yet? If you need any help and advice come along to the forum, introduce yourself and ask any questions, a member artist or myself will be along at some point to help you out.
      Thanks again for your encouraging message. I look forward to chatting to you in the forum and when your ready to see some of your work.

      Kind Regards


      • Hi Ptrick,
        Many thanks for your reply and kind invitation to the forum!
        I will look for the videos. I’m really looking forward to watching them and learning.

        Kind regards

  6. Hi Patrick,
    First let me begin by saying I love your art and your watercolors. I am a self-taught watercolorist and I don’t paint in the traditional watercolor method. I find your teaching methods very easy to follow and enjoy that you have no loud music playing (quiet music I enjoy) and that you acknowledge that things do not always come out as you might wish but this does not mean you do not have a pleasant looking painting. Thank you for this website and thank you for sharing your talents.
    One note however, I am unable to edit my profile. Each time I pull up that screen it is far to the left and will not load properly.

    Have a very happy and blessed new year.


    • Thank you very Much Victoria its great to have you active within our site, your style of art is very individual and beautiful painted. If you have any tecnical problems viewing the site please drop by the forum myself or Martin will be there to advise.

      Happy New Year


  7. Hello from Australia Patrick. Thank you for all your tutorials, have been watching them on youtube. I have recently become interested in learning to paint with watercolours and am so glad that you have this website where I look forward to learning more. I love your loose painting style.

    Kind regards

    • Hi Viv Welcome aboard. If your just starting out you’ve come to the right place 🙂 drop by the forum and introduce yourself lots of artists with varying degrees of experience will be more than helpful, feel free to join in any of our challenges also.


  8. Hi Patrick! Just wanted to say how much your videos have helped me in my watercolor journey — particularly landscape. Have been a student of watercolor for about 3 years now. I take lessons at a local art center (in Pennsylvania) twice yearly sessions — never long enough! I enjoy your style of teaching/demo and look forward to all of your new you tube posts and tutorials on your website. Thanks so much for sharing your talent! Diane

    • Hi Diane thank you for taking the time to leave a message. There will be many more videos to come over the next few months. I will post a message in the forum when new ones are released.


      • Great! Look forward to viewing them. Appreciate all the time and effort you put into your videos–also love the background music too. I’ll have time to devote to them during these cold winter months, especially if the snow storms keep coming!

  9. Hi Patrick, this is Paraca from Australia.

    I’ve watched several of your videos on youtube and I’m hooked. Your paintings are awesome and you have an amazing way of making someone like me feel as if: “I can give this a go, I can do it”.

    Thank you for the time, effort and dedication, and for sharing your gift; not just of painting, but of teaching and presentation.

    Paraca (Paul Cairns)

  10. Hi Patrick
    I’m pleased to have found your site as I’d like to have another bash at painting scenes. I’ve painted on and off over the years in various mediums but my true love us watercolour. I’m extremely short sighted and have found that I’ve had some success with flowers but I think this hinders me with distance.

    I’ve watched a few tutorials and hope to put some of your advice into practice. Thanks for creating this for the benefit of all.



  11. Hi Patrick
    First of all, thanks for all the wonderful videos you posted on YouTube! I’ve learnt such a lot from you just by watching them. I really like your painting style & hope to learn how to paint more ‘loosely’ myself. I’ve always liked painting & drawing as a child & now decided to take it up again. I love watercolors. It is a challenge though, learning how to paint from light to dark when I’ve been used to acrylic dark to light!

    All the best from Florida!

    • Hi JoJo , many thanks for your message, its great to hear that you are benefiting from my videos. Keep watching there will be plenty more in the future. Things have slowed down for a while as I’ve started a new job and my energies are focused there when I’m settled in more videos will follow. Thanks again Patrick

  12. I’ve just joined your site. I’ve been following your YouTube channel for some time now. I first remember drawing when I was around 4 years old. I took up oil painting in 1988 and loved it. From there, I am now venturing into watercolour for about the fifth time. Before I became computer literate, it was extremely difficult to find classes on watercolour painting. Now I have watched hours of tutorials, read dozens of books, bought myself a plethora of paints and brushes and have dived head first into this wonderful media. I have never been so challenged, but I love it.

    I am around your age and have experienced living in the UK. Now I am back in the U.S.

    I admire the time you spend explaining your work and love that you are willing to share with the rest of us.

  13. HI Patrick! I’m a new member of your internet site. I came here after watching many of your great videos on YouTube. My name is Alex, 34 y.o.I was born in Ukraine, lived in states for last 11 years or so.
    I always admired watercolor paintings, wanted to paint myself but it didn’t happen often. Lately I’m happy to say that I’ve been doing lots of small scetches, and I enjoy this very much, I get my inspiration from your videos, and I really like loose style of your quick paintings. I personally think that watercolor paintings need to give lots of room for imagination. When I think watercolor painting i have an image popping in my head of red geraniums done very loosely, so loosely that you need to stand back and be amazed how it’s event possible to be so simple, untidy, and genius at the same time.

  14. G’day Patrick,
    Now retired, I’ve lived on the Sunset Coast of Australia, five minutes from the beautiful Northern Beaches in Perth for over 30 years.
    My first introduction to you and your amazing videos was through Pinterest, quite recently. I use the boards when gathering information for my stories and poems and now have pinned many of your wonderful videos so others can be exposed.
    Since discovering this website as well, I feel like I’ve won the Lotto!
    I’m excited to follow a more structured path, learning about water-colour painting, so I’m able to properly illustrate my children’s stories.
    So thank you. I’m hooked already.

  15. Hi Sue, thanks for your message. I am pleased the videos and this site will be of some use to you. We have many great member artists that are helpful and to share there experiences and knowledge. I look forward to seeing your work and how you illustrate your stories. If you have any questions please ask away in the forums myself and others will be there to help.


  16. Hello Patrick This is Jan from Sweden Thank you for all the lessons you give us. I´ve learned a lot. Today I have a question what paper did you use when you did
    the four sky tutorial I´ve tried so many times without any sucsess. Sorry about the bad english hav a nice evening Jan

    • Hi Jan i was using Arche 140lb not surface. It’s quite and expensive paper and there are many cheaper alternatives that will work just as well.

      BTW your English is great 🙂


  17. Hello Patrick This is Eileen. I have been watching your tutorials for quite awhile now. It suddenly occurred to me that I should check out your site and participate in some challenges and chats to see if I could get some inspiration to paint more regularly. Thank you for your tutorials! I just watched the one about how to get out of a slump-very inspiring! Thank you!

    • Hi Eileen thanks for your message. Your more than welcome to join in the fun and discussion on Pure Watercolour. Just come along to the forum, upload some work land join in. Many experienced and helpful artists here to inspire and help you on your watercolour journey.


  18. Patrick, I am really having problems with loosening up. I posted a members photo in landscapes yesterday of the same title. I would love to see your slant on it in maybe a demonstration. Its a place i frequent most lunch times. A nice walk at Leasowes in Halesowen. I have tried this so many times and failed.

    • Hi Brad, Just taken a look at the image. if if you give me a couple of weeks I will put together video of me painting the scene. I am a bit tied up this week and next finishing a painting course for udemy and starting a new job. Hang in there and promise i will give it a shot in a couple of weeks 🙂


  19. Hi Patrick,
    I just joined via your tutorials on Youtube.
    I big thank you for sharing your knowledge and for the easy to follow intructions. You are one of the few who actually bothers to mention which colour mixes used every time your brush hits the paper. I’ve been sketching for a while but never really learned basic painting steps i.e layering and washes.
    I hope that you have time to add more to your channel when you can.
    Cheers !

  20. Patrick…Hope you are well. I haven’t seen any recent posts on YouTube and miss seeing you paint. Would love to see you online again soon.

  21. Hi Patrick,
    Greetings from Northern California! I just discovered your site after stumbling onto your Venice painting video on YouTube. You (and your art!) are so inspiring.
    I also love a very impressionist style. I fell in love with watercolor paintings many years ago but after my initial attempt immediately gave it up due to frustration and feeling such a failure!
    I love your loose approach and hearing you say things like, “that’s all right…” and “try to…”, while explaining your color mixes, and so many other encouraging things. You have managed to take the intimidation out of learning. A fine teacher! Thank you for sharing your gifts, I am thrilled to have found you!
    Happy painting,

    • Hi Kim, thank you for your lovely comment, it made my day! Watercolour can be challenging as you say but try not to let the frustration get the better of you. Register with Pw and join in the fun so many great artists willing to share their experience.


  22. I let “life” take me away from painting, decided it was time to “take control” and get back to painting (and playing the dulcimer 🙂 ) and ” what do my wondering eyes behold??” your youtube post and your website. There are NO co-incidents ,It was time! There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for you, Martin and all the members I’m here to stay
    Brian McC

    • Hi Brian I can see your already active on the forum and your contributions are great and helpful to everyone. Looking forward to knowing more about the Dulcimer 🙂


  23. Hi Patrick
    This is Frederic, 51, from East of France. Thank you so much for this great site. Once a lawyer, i’m currently on medical leave, recovering from a cancer. Having so much time, despite some lack of strength, I discovered your site in You tube. I guess I found the teacher I needed, as I have been struggling for years in intimidation and trouble in preliminary drawing. Your loose way of painting is really inspiring: I do love landscape paintings. I will be happy to share some work as soon as i will reach a decent level. in the meanwhile, carry on and take care!
    warm regards

    • Hi Frederick thank you very much for your kind message. I’m so sorry to hear that you have been so unwell. I wish you a quick recovery. Please join all the activities on Pure Watercolour we have a friendly bunch of artists here that love to share ideas and critique each others work. I wish you all the best with your painting and hope to see some of your work posted in Pure Watercolour soon.


    • Hej Frederic, I’m in the same boat as you recovering from cancer and agree 100% with what you write about finding the teacher you needed. Painting has been a life saver for me.
      Best wishes for better health and good times painting.

  24. Thank you so much Patrick for such helpful videos. I’m very much enjoying going back to basics and taking my time to develop. I really appreciate how you explain your thoughts behind the process and don’t shy away from the technical aspects. Thanks.
    Best wishes from Denmark,

  25. Patrick, thank you for your comments you left on my forum post. Apparently, the train had left the station and I wasn’t aware that it was leaving. I did read that Martin was moving the weekly challenges, but I guess the rest flew right over my head and understanding. I am the new guy so I am lost most of the time. Your kind words to my winter scene painting really encouraged me. Renewed my spirits and gave me determination to work harder at this.

    I am not going to jump onto Martin’s new site. I joined here because you were here. I have been following your YouTube channel for over a year; since I began to paint. This past week I explored SkillShare and read the outline of your lessons there. Taking your lessons may be my avenue for getting the instruction I need.

    Thank you so much for all the time you have invested on watercolor instruction. I enjoy watching you paint. 

    Best wishes… Howard

    • Thanks, Howard for taking the time to reply. Pure Watercolour will be restructured to make it easier to manage and streamline it with my other online activities, although membership will remain completely free and I will do my utmost to create interesting and helpful content for members. I can’t guarantee the forums will be as busy and comments on work will be as forthcoming as they were before Martins departure. In time I will drive more members to the site which should bring it alive again.

      Martin remains a good friend of mine and I respect his ambition to create his own site we will all co-exist happily together. Thanks Again for your continued support, it was heartening to read your message.

      Best Wishes


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