How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

With Christmas nearly here I thought some viewers may be interested in painting a robin.   They are real characters aren’t they? They claim your back garden as their own turf and defend it feistily.   The robin song is a delight and today I found this lovely short clip of a robin singing away – it is worth a listen if only to get … Continue reading How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

Painting Birds in Watercolour

If you love animals and work in watercolour no doubt you will probably have tried painting birds. The endless array of species of beautiful birds will keep us painting for  a lifetime and watercolour lends itself perfectly to capture the feather colours and textures with ease. You can use flowing wet into wet techniques in the early stages of painting birds; adding darker colours to … Continue reading Painting Birds in Watercolour

GSD Art Demo in watercolour – How to paint an Alsatian

Started painting this stunning Alsatian a day or so ago for a lady called Katie. Charlie belongs to the clan MacKenzie and I am building up his Scottish tartan kerchief slowly but surely. Here are the very early stages of his portrait which will need much more work before completion so watch this space… Continue reading GSD Art Demo in watercolour – How to paint an Alsatian

Foxglove Fancy: Making a Mess then Pulling Through

Made aright mess of my first foxglove demo photo shoot today. Went all wild and loose at the beginning on a much to large drawing and lost my temper completely! Here are some ugly efforts…that’s what you get for rushing and not planning. Torn painting in bin! After lunch I re-drew and scaled-down a bit and went at it more daintily and sensitively. Much happier … Continue reading Foxglove Fancy: Making a Mess then Pulling Through

Abstractions and Reflections – Watercolour Painting Day

Today I had Jude and Claire back for their second joint painting day. They chose to focus on painting reflections. We really got into the nitty gritty with analysis of the anatomy of a reflections and let loose with soem very flamboyant and powerful abstract shapes. I feel these were just stunning and Claire and Jude were over the moon with their work too. I … Continue reading Abstractions and Reflections – Watercolour Painting Day

All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

For the last 3 days I have been RIVETTED by the book I am reading. It is called The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska  but it is not the one by Jack London. Instead it is written by a modern-day mountainman called Guy Grieve who like many people felt the pull of the wild and upped sticks from an office job in … Continue reading All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages