George C Dobbs


George is Chairman of Todmorden Art Group and began painting about five years ago after retirement.


Apart from being a prolific watercolour artist George takes a keen interest in amateur radio

Published Articles

He is the secretary of the G QRP Club and edits the club Journal 'SPRAT' which has a circulation of just over 4,000 as well as being a columnist - writing for the popular 'Practical Wireless' magazine which is published each month.


Notably, George has had two books published by 'The Radio Society of Great Britain'. They can be seen at the following website and are entitled; 'QRP Basics' and 'International QRP Collection.' (

An international organisation which specialises in building and using low power communication equipment.


Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)



Everything I use is small and fits into my “Pocket Studio” (see image)

This is a Winsor and Newton Bijou Paint box (8 x 7 cm)

A pilot drawing pen (0.1) Although I now use Unipin fine line pens (0.1 and 0.05)

Initial Sketching

Initial sketching is done with Faber-Catell TK Fine 0.5 mechanical pencil (and cheaper 0.5 mechanical pencils)

Refill leads are available in 2B – HB is a little too hard for light sketching.

After adding the pen lines over the outline pencil sketch, the pencil is removed with a putty rubber.

Those braver than I can begin their drawing with a pen!


All painting is done with Pentel Water Brush -Water is housed in the barrel – no other water is required

George and his wife take advantage of their family wooden lodge in Wales to go exploring Celtic sites and Holy Wells.


Painting Size

All of George's paintings  fit into an standard 8 x 12 cm mount

All of George's paintings  fit into an standard 8 x 12 cm mount

Georges Gallery>>


I use no conventional brushes - only a medium Waterbrush and occasionally a fine Waterbrush.


Winsor and Newton Artists Water Colour Half Pan paints are used in the Bijou Box


My favoured paper is Winsor and Newton Smooth Cartridge 130 gsm or similar

All of the above is carried in a clear plastic zipped pencil case 18 x 12 cm

with a small A6 Cartridge pad for sketching on the move.





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