Taking a leap

A new species is making its way onto the watercolour paper on Colin’s easel.   This is a ‘springer’ – a salmon heading upriver to spawn.

Up to now, Colin has always steered clear of painting fish (he much prefers cooking them).   In his early days as a book illustrator, he did produce a series of small images for a guide to British fish, but he’s no fisherman and he didn’t feel he had enough experience or specialist knowledge to attempt a full-scale painting.  However, his recent experiences on the Tweed have given him the confidence to attempt this challenging subject.

This is the preliminary sketch, and Colin is aware that it needs some refinement.  However, I think it’s full of life and movement.  Once Colin is satisfied that he’s got the form and attitude of the salmon absolutely right, he will stretch some paper and move on to watercolour.

I’ll keep this section updated with his progress, and Colin will also post updates on his website under Latest Paintings.


  1. I think this is superb! The shading and speckling on the scales makes it instantly recognisable as a salmon. I agree with you Jo, this drawing is full of life and movement, and I look forward to seeing it progress into a painting.

    • Thank you, Lorna. I’m looking forward to seeing it too… apart from the fish, I love the way Colin paints water, so this will be good to watch in progress.

  2. We were lucky enough to acquire a plate painted with a trout. It originated from the Royal Worcester factory in the UK probably during the 1920s. Unfortunately it is not signed but I believe one or two of the artists were fish specialists.Colin’s drawing is every bit as spectacular and detailed. it made me think of the plate.

    • That’s interesting. I’m afraid I don’t know anything about the artists who worked for Royal Worcester, but I’m sure it’s very valuable. Thanks for your comment!

  3. The man has talent. Spectacular!

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