John Haywood

Watercolour painting of Brighton train station by artist John Haywood

Watercolour painting of Brighton train station before the rush hour

I recently had to get to Brighton train station early in the morning to get a train up to London. Aside from the disruption of an unusually early start to the day, it was great to be in Brighton’s wonderful train station before the morning rush hour started. I arrived in time to get a …

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And the moral is: always check your spam folder!

Some weeks ago I posted about there being nothing like a deadline to focus the mind. The deadline in question was a new Open Exhibition call for entries. It’s being organised by Atelier by the Sea, a relatively new gallery space with a superb location on Brighton’s busy seafront. The venture has a strong pedigree. …

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Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind!

My first tentative foray into portraiture I have tremendous admiration for anyone that even considers tackling portraiture. This admiration rises even further for anyone that tackles portraiture in watercolour! I think it’s partly to do with the pressure of achieving some semblance of likeness. I can’t help but think that portraiture is a most unforgiving …

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My review of Alvaro Castagnet’s Watercolour Masterclass Workshop

Preamble Well, after two cancellations and almost three years of waiting, my Alvaro Castagnet Watercolour Masterclass finally came to fruition. During the intervening years, I’ve rea some of his books, watched his DVDs, taken a few live zoom classes with him and seen studied many of his paintings The first, a city scene, followed by …

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