If you take a walk along Pendlebury Lane starting at the top going down towards Wigan you’ll pass this scene.  Visibility, at the time of painting, was low,  the rains had fallen and the sun was breaking through.

It was exhibited at the  Mall Galleries, London in their open exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. It was bought by the Wigan Education Authority to celebrate the career of Janice Leach who was remembered particularly as the headteacher of Mere Oaks School, Wigan.  


                                                                STATION IN SUNLIGHT

On a drive into Liverpool I came across this scene. The low afternoon light on the station wall and bridge caught my eye.  Unfortunately,  I don’t exactly know where it is in Liverpool, but one day I am sure I will come across it again.  Time and again I will forget to write down the name of the place I have painted, much to my frustration, and it’s only when I stumble on it again, often months later, when I will make a note of the place name. This painting was on show at the Mall Galleries,London, in the open exhibition  of the New English Art Club. 


This was an article found in the Aspire Magazine.




ONE DAY WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP – Peak DistrictT, Derbyshire.

Hello everyone,
Due to popular demand I am running a one day course in the centre of England near Glossop, Derbyshire. The date: Tuesday 2nd July, 2019. 10am to 5pm

It will be pleinair but we will have a studio in case the weather becomes changeable. You might have heard of Pennine Art,   Please take a look at the venue. A great studio in a beautiful place.

The day will start at 10am – I’ll show you some loosening up exercises and techniques useful for the day.  I will demo twice during the day – my demos are only about 30 to 45mins long so I can spend more time with you giving pointers with your pictures.

There are fantastic views around the studio to paint in the morning and then in the afternoon we’ll paint Glossop or another nearby town/village.

We will return to the studio around 4.30pm and finish there with carrot/ chocolate cake and coffee/tea and my critique leaving at 5pm.

The cost is £65 and lunch is included(main course and dessert).
Please get back to me – Lea Nixon – if you’re interested
Best wishes


Painting holiday in Spain –

21 September – 28 September 2019

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Painting holiday on the island of Korcula, Croatia. June 1 – 8 June 2019.


Watercolour painting in North Devon, England.

16th to 22nd July 2017

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Painting holiday on the island of Korcula, Croatia.

This one is from May 20 – 27,  2017


Improving your art is no easy feat. The best teacher you can have is Mother Nature herself.

How many times have you seen a beautiful view, taken a photograph and then tried to paint it when you get back home. Have you been satisfied with your results? I have to admit that I find it very hard to  successfully recreate many photos as  paintings. It can be very disheartening to say the least.  But can you imagine  standing infront of the subject you’re about to paint living and breathing the scene so that you experience the  mood and feel the glowing light, absorbed by your emotions as you paint. How amazing is that?

Consider the painting holidays above  they will be  great adventures. Either Croatia’s amazing unspoilt places or the Tuscany hills and villages.

By the way, there’s an ‘early bird’ discount for the Watermill if you book before Christmas 2016.

Best wishes,

Lea Nixon


Royal Talensthe Artist Award, Patchings 2015

View from the Museum, Nice.


The painting above won the Daler Rowney Award in the Artists’ category at Patchings  2014.

It’s a painting outside  a bar in the little mountain village called Relleu near Benidorm.