Five Watercolours and Some Lightning

Five finished watercolour landscape paintings, by Ben Harley.

The difference between making art and making a living through art is immense. Two weeks ago during a storm, lightning struck my home and fried the electronics. I’ve had to live without internet or even a computer till now. And while there were days I was dying for a meaty slice of netflix, or some delicious youtube vids, mostly I was relieved.

In those two weeks, I was an illustrator minus the business side of the job: no reaching out to clients, no project work, not even social media. All I could do was paint. Because of this, I rediscovered my passion for simply making art.

I painted every second day, based on the sights and musings of the first. I did what we all do when we share stories: I harvested the best of what the world showed me and prepared to pass it on. Here’s what I put together:

Now, it’s time to get back to business, but I’ll do my best to keep my head in the real world, with inspiring views and good company.

Thanks for keeping up! Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment.

2 responses to “Five Watercolours and Some Lightning”

  1. I love your watercolours, they are so vibrant and alive which is unusual for that medium, you normally only get that impact from oils. Are your paintings available as prints?

    • Hi Ali, thanks so much, and welcome to the blog!

      You think my landscapes have a similar quality to oil paintings? That’s interesting – oils are something I’ve not yet played around with.
      I do sell my paintings and illustrations as limited edition mounted giclee prints for £28 (+ postage). I’ll send you a quick email and you can let me know if you’d like one :)

      Thanks again and all the best,

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