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All my paintings are for sale, and sold as originals, signed by me and completed on Bockingford 300g/m² (140lb)  - Rough - Approx size 14" x 12" NOTE:- Some of my paintings are attributed to Terry Harrison

Decide which Medium to use


The most important decision i made when i first took up painting in May 2008 was deciding which medium to use.
I tried out a number of different mediums and finally decided Watercolor was the one for me, but being a complete novice i had not realised the many challenges and hurdles i would have to overcome to master this unforgiving medium. It's only when you grasp the basic techniques and your paintings start coming together that you see the finished product is something very, very special.  Make no mistake the learning curve is steep but the rewards far out weigh the effort. Lots of practice, plenty of patience and a sheer determination to succeed are the key ingredients to Successful Watercolour Painting. 


Happy Painting 
Peter Weston


Choosing the right Paper 

Most of my early paintings turned out a muddy mess and were confined to the rubbish bin (something you should never do) as looking back on early paintings and mistakes show you how far you have progressed when things start coming together, the muddying was caused by too much overworking on the paper. One reason for this i found was the actual Paper i was using, which i now know was too light in weight at 190g/m² (90lb), at this weight, water caused my paper to cockle and twist something terrible especially when using wet in wet techniques, very frustrating for a novice just starting out in Watercolor.  

I now use a medium/heavy weight paper Bockingford 300g/m² (140lb) - Roughor heavier if required, soaking and stretching with this weight of paper is not necesary and large amounts of water can be used with only a slight cockling of the paper which soon disappears once the final painting has dried.  This weight and texture of paper is ideal for painting Landscapes & Seascapes. 

Free Range

Introduction to the Artist


I always loved painting when i was at school in Yorkshire and would spend as much of my spare time as i could in the art room working mostly on various landscape scenes trying to follow in the style of Constable and Turner. Unfortunately back in those trying to make a career as an Artist would never have been allowed by my parents who wanted me to have a career in a more stable occupation.
 
On leaving school at fifteen, i never again touched a paint brush or paint until my 60th birthday although many times during my working life i remember saying to myself and others around me "I must start painting again" but like most thing is life you say things but never get around to doing it and so it was with me.
 

Imagine my surprise then, then when on my 60th my wife presented me with everything i needed to get going again, Paper, Watercolor Paint and Brushes and a whole host of other artist equipment, this was just the incentive i needed, i could not wait to get started. It's amazing how quickly things i did and tried when i was at school came rushing back to me and within forty eight hours of receiving my present i had completed my first watercolour painting, the first in forty​ five years. This first painting was not a great success, nor a failure i might add, but never the less i had taken that first step on the road of achieving my dream of becoming a Self-Taught Watercolor Artist.
 
Since that day i have experimented with a variety of different mediums but i always keep coming back to Watercolor. To me there is something very special about a finished painting completed in this medium. Watercolour can be very unforgiving and has a habit of biting back when you least expect it, and it takes some practice to master but once you have mastered this medium you can create some of the most elegant and rewarding paintings you could ever imagine.
 
The key to any successful watercolor painting is to enjoy each and every painting session, more importantly, each session should be packed with fun and enjoyment, remember anyone can learn to paint it just takes a little practice and patience along with a will to succeed, and if you don't create that individual masterpiece the first or second time, keep trying for one day you will.​
 

Happy painting
Peter Weston

You can contact me at peterweston@msn.com

First Snow of Winter

​Peter's Art Gallery Watercolor Paintings

First Snow of Winter

Free Range

First Snow of Winter

The Gift Shop - Amroth (SOLD)

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Peter's Art Gallery - A Warm Welcome

Developing your own Style 

Since I started painting I have tried to work as an artist and painter in the English watercolour tradition. The two subjects I love to paint are landscapes and seascapes. My personal style of painting has partially developed through studying the techniques of two modern masters of Watercolor​  

Painting. Two British artists known around the world for the quality of their work and teaching methods they are Terry Harrison and Geoff Kersey. It is through studying their DVD's, Videos and reading many of their publications that my individual style you see today, has partially evolved.  

Over time each artist will eventually develop his/her own style of painting, some will go for the new modern vibrant/abstract style of art, others take on the elaborate style of painting animals and buildings in explicit detail, while artists like myself have developed in a more Traditional and open English Watercolor style, all artists tend to find a level they feel comfortable with. 


My best advice if you are just starting is to let your own unique style of painting develop on your canvas as you progress, beleive me within a short period of time you will be showing the world what you have achieved.Type your paragraph here.

Christmas Cottage - SOLD

I always loved painting when i was at school in Yorkshire and would spend as much of my spare time as i could in the art room working mostly on various landscape scenes trying to follow in the style of Constable and Turner. Unfortunately back in those trying to make a career as an Artist would never have been allowed by my parents who wanted me to have a career in a more stable occupation.
  
On leaving school at fifteen, i never again touched a paint brush or paint until my 60th birthday although many times during my working life i remember saying to myself and others around me "I must start painting again" but like most thing is life you say things but never get around to doing it and so it was with me.