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
Just lately I have been commissioned to paint a Chihuahua and an Alsatian (German Shepherd) in watercolour. I am a professional artist based in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK and take dog portrait commissions. If you would like more details please contact me – Alison Fennell – via my email – firstname.lastname@example.org Prices start at £75 plus p&p for an original dog portrait at size 8×10 inches. … Continue reading Painting Dogs in Watercolour
Here is a simple watercolour step-by-step to paint some pretty poppies – just right for a warm spring day. The paper is hot pressed but you can use NOT or ROUGH – you will just get a different look. If you click on the images to bring them up nice and big you will see what paints I used – I also include the traceable … Continue reading Watercolour Poppy Demo
Well we all love colour and detail and texture in paintings but that is all just decoration and frippery compared to the big boys of painting – the tonal masses! DEFINITION of a TONE (or VALUE as they say in the USA) : A tone is the relative lightness or darkness of an object irrespective of its actual colour. If you, at the outset of … Continue reading Tonal Studies – Not for the Faint-hearted!
This is a 30 minute demo I filmed this afternoon. CLICK on the CRAB image below to VIEW 🙂 Using blues and greens I painted a simple watercolour crab. Continue reading Watercolour Crab Demo for Beginners – sit back and enjoy!
How about a ravishing red poppy to send off the fabulous British summer we have had? I used Arches hot pressed 90lbs paper (unstretched) and Cadmium Scarlet, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, and Winsor Blue to paint this simple poppy. Double click on the images to bring them up nice and big. Here is the outline if you want to use it – or use … Continue reading Summer’s Final Flame
Three members of Pentyrch Art Society came for a whole day’s painting on Tuesday and we ripped through the demos – producing four paintings each – it was a fast-paced day and I enjoyed their company and chat about all things art. Here are some pics of the ladies in action! Continue reading Painting Day with Anne, Gwyn and Glynis
I really need to be sketching more – days go without me even putting pencil to paper. So I got out one of my many sketchbooks the other evening and started drawing my foot. I used the contour drawing technique as described by the brilliant Betty Edwards in her book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Have you got it? I’d get it … Continue reading Got the Doodle Bug
Always a satisfying subject to paint cherries are. I love their beautiful red, claret colour and the spindly curvy stems. They make a beautiful composition no matter how you place them in readiness to paint. Here is a group of 5 cherries with stems. I just used Arches hot pressed 90lbs paper and a Size 6 and a szie 3 round brush plus Cadmium … Continue reading Painting Cherries in Watercolour – step-by-step demo
This morning I had the urge to put pencil to paper and geese were on my mind. They appeal to me because of their associations with fairytales and golden eggs and a bit of magic. They also make good guard dogs and one once bit my father’s thumb really badly. I use big A3 pads of cheap paper from Poundstretcher etc so that when I … Continue reading Sketching Geese in Pencil