Watercolours for Beginners

With the intention of encouraging others to have a go,
this site is for beginners, by a beginner.

Now with a very friendly Art Forum


Some years ago, in my mid fifties, I tried my hand at watercolours. My initial efforts were awful but I enjoyed the painting. Though I will never be a great artist, I want to share my experience in the hope of encouraging others to "have a go", as I did. It's not about the end results but the enjoyment of the journey.

History of Northampton

A brief history of my hometown, Northampton, illustrated by my own watercolours. It has long been a passion of mine to seek out the towns history and commit it to canvas so I hope to add more history as I produce more pictures.

JWJarts Blog

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later ... I've created a blog in order to add an extra dimension to my web site. It gives me a place where I can regularly describe my artistic journey without the demands of having to frequently update web pages. Please drop in and have a look.

Fuchsia Care

I love Fuchsia's and they are my all time favourite garden plant. I'm far from an expert but have reasonable success at growing them and wish to pass on my own methods of caring for them including how I take cuttings and how I keep them over the winter here in the UK.


For all of you who have ever considered having a go at watercolours, these pages are dedicated to displaying some of my complete disasters, in the hope that you will feel less intimidated by your own mistakes.

Pencil Drawing

I am trying my hand at Pencil Drawing, and display some of my drawings inside. In many ways I find pencil drawings as rewarding as painting in colour.

Poems and Stories

A few poems that have special meaning to me and a couple of personal stories as well as some inspiring ones I have found.


In my endeavour to promote the work of artists of all standards, I am now running a regular feature called "Artist Showcase".
A different artist will be showcased each month.
Check it out!!!

Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra

Orchestra for Children

My small site dedicated to introducing children to the instruments of the Orchestra. An interactive 'book' portraying the main instruments as 'characters'.

More than just a game

During a recent game of Draughts with my Father I saw life's turning tide. It stirred me to attempt to capture that moment in prose.

Beginners read this

I genuinely want to encourage you to have-a-go with watercolours. Why not join my new Forum. We are all novices and doing our best to support and help each other. You'll be made very welcome. View these current topics now.

JWJonline Forum

Monthly challenges - February 2017

Today at 12:30 AM

Monthly Painting & Drawing Project - #28

Yesterday at 01:37 PM

Poppy in graphite

Yesterday at 01:36 PM

Stoke City

Yesterday at 10:16 AM

Country Barn

21 February 2017 06:09 PM

A wintery Sunset

19 February 2017 03:51 PM

Thatched roof pub.

19 February 2017 03:49 PM

small works

19 February 2017 03:48 PM