This is my blog, where I am going to feature my attempts at Watercolour Paintings and Acrylic Paintings, but first a few details about me.

My name is Richard Fox and I am 66 years old. I ran my own Carpentry and Joinery Business in Ilkley, West Yorkshire for over 34 years before retiring in 2016.

I first tried painting with watercolours in 2001 but after being not impressed with my attempts, I gave it up as a bad job, thinking that it was far too difficult for me. Then ten years later my wife bought me a set of acrylic paints and asked me to have another try

I found that acrylics suited me more, as it seemed far easier to rescue a painting thats gone wrong, just by overpainting it until you feel it looks as it should. Many paintings followed, some good, some not so good but you can only improve by learning from your mistakes and practice and practice and practice some more.

After a year or so I felt confident enough to try using watercolours again after chatting to an artist called Stephen Coates at an art exhibition at Birmingham. Stephen painted a small painting for me, showing how to control the wet into wet technique that had caused me so many problems years ago. I bought his book and worked through it from cover to cover, trying the many exercises and techniques that he describes so well