Tis the season to go spending and whilst I have a limited amount with which to splurge there are 5 items that have been spiralling around in my artist’s head to acquire for many months now! 1) Some Maimeriblu watercolours. I have been using the fabulous Winsor & Newton almost exclusively now for over a year and want somethingh fresh! Some new bold Hue! And … Continue reading Top 5 New Watercolour Materials and Equipment to acquire!
For a bit of fun I decided that I would have a go at painting a bunch of beetroots in gouache – in an illustrative, quirky style. I drew the beets right onto the stretched watercolor paper freehand without too much detail. Then I painted in the beetroots using purple reds. GOUACHE WINS – over watercolour in that you can add light hues over darks. This is … Continue reading Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache
It was lovely to spend a day working once more with Barbara and Sandra. The girls decided they fancied trying out gouache as they had not really done much with it before. Our subjects were a rich deep purple clematis and a riveting yellow nastursium both climbing on a trellis or picket fence. To start we painted the skies by wetting the whole area first … Continue reading Getting to Grips with Gouache – clematis & nastursium painting day
My backyard is full of hostas and now in June they are really filling out – spilling over onto my slab pathway which I love. Their variegated leaves are so attractive that I sat down and drew one plant a few days ago. Here is how I painted it in watercolour. Continue reading Hostas in Watercolour
Are you feeling the summer heat yet? Here in Wales we have had some real summer weather and so here is a simple meadow scene with some cow parsley (AKA Queen Anne’s Lace) waving in the foreground. COPYRIGHT and TIPS! Please feel free to follow this demo but as always please note that you cannot them sell the result – to do that would breach … Continue reading Summer Meadow Art Demo in Gouache
I have a Jack Russell Terrier and she is called Tilly. She reminds me of Basil Brush the children’s television fox puppet from the 70’s – anyone remember him? Anyway – I love foxes as they have such beautiful faces and have painted them many times. Here are a few. If you’d like to try painting a simple fox here is a demo to do … Continue reading Feeling Foxy
Over the past few months I became aware of the beautiful pastel paintings of Casey Klahn. Nearly every single time he posted one I would stop dead in my tracks and be captivated by his use of colour and his semi-abstract style. I found his works satisfying and solid to look at with simple yet powerful shapes which pleased me eye. In the end I … Continue reading The Art of Casey Klahn – My first purchase
Well for some reason I have the urge to get into my pastel portrait painting more deeply – so of course I had to get a few more BITS for my pastel set-up now didn’t I!? First my big collection of UNISON soft pastels needed complementing with a BIG set of Prismacolor Nu pastels which are hard. These I need for doing very fine touches … Continue reading Been Art Shopping – always a good thing to do!
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!
I was recently asked to paint a robin for somebody’s Dad for Xmas and coupled with the fact that I am also hosting 3 watercolour workshops in the next 2 weeks featuring how to paint a robin I thought I would be clever and combine the two. So here he or she is – a simple robin with the well-loved scarlet breast and a cute … Continue reading Art Demo – How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour